A THOUSAND FIRES is a tale of family, fate, and life-cycles in Myanmar's hand-drilled oil fields. A tough but loving couple works hard to put their wayward son through school and give him a better future. But the boy, raised on television and the internet and obsessed with the world of celebrity, has other ideas. He decides to quit school and pursue his dream of becoming a professional football player. His parents are alarmed and fear for his future, but when a fortune-teller teaches them how to come to terms with their karma, they slowly learn to accept both their son's wishes, and their fate in the endless Buddhist cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
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It is a flame filmed the way David Lynch shot the nuclear explosion in Twin Peaks: The Return, as if the viewer were at the centre of the fire.
Cinema can be a powerful weapon; a tool to confront occupation and war. But it can also be a beautiful, fragile way to share our dreams of a new way of seeing and building the world. That's my hope. That's what inspires me to keep making films.
Saeed Taji Farouky is a Palestinian-British filmmaker who has been producing work around themes of conflict, human rights and colonialism since 2004. His previous documentary, TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR (2015), premiered at the Berlinale where it won the Panorama Audience Award and the Amnesty Human Rights Award. His films focus on exile and the lingering trauma of conflict. He tells intimate, personal stories with an emphasis on humanism, and its mirror image: surrealism. Saeed participated in the Edinburgh IFF talent lab and the Torino Script Lab with his first fiction feature project. His latest film is A THOUSAND FIRES (2021) selected at Semain de la Critique, Locarno FF and IDFA.