International Film Heritage Festival

Yangon, 4 – 13 November 2016

Encounter with Midi Z

memory-8790Myanmar-born director Midi Z has introduced his latest feature Road to Mandalay (2016) followed by a Q&A in English and Burmese with the audience. The director has been joined by actor and production manager Shin-Hong Wang and Kyaw Win Htike.
This is the first time Midi Z’s work will be shown in Myanmar, which is a significant step in revealing parts of the country’s history that have, until recently, been omitted from public discussion.
memory-8770Road to Mandalay tells the story of a couple of migrant workers illegally crossing the border into Thailand to look for work and to escape civil war. This disturbing experience, shared by millions, is situated as a contemporary drama that unfolds with the assured strength of a masterpiece. Road to Mandalay is a powerful and tragic love story, told in an arresting visual style.


A graduate of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Midi Z’s 2014 film Ice Poison was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. A prolific filmmaker, in short succession he has also directed the features Return to Burma (2011), Poor Folk (2012), as well as the documentaries Jade Miners (2015) and City of Jade (2016). The Road to Mandalay is currently making the festival rounds and has been highly acclaimed by both critics and audiences.