Blood Amber

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    Blood Amber

    Directed by

    Taiwan

    2017

    96 min

    • Mandarin
    • Burmese

    Documentary

      Busan IFFTaiwan IDF

    Somewhere in Burma, a forest rich in amber is controlled by the Kachin Independence Army. For most of the inhabitants, amber mining is their bread and butter, and their only hope to escape from poverty. Working in harsh condition under constant threat from government army, these forest villagers live in fear and despair, with a future as dark as the end of the mining tunnel...

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    Lee Yong-chao

    Lee Yong-chao

    Myanmar

    I think it’s rather fruitless to have too much conversations, as it might become the intervention of the director. It’s like leading people to somewhere just in order to get an answer. I hope during the shooting in the future, this kind of intervention would be lesser.

    Lee Yong-chao was born in the rural countryside of northern Burma. In 2015, he was accepted into the Golden Horse Film Academy founded by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Lee currently divides his creative time between Taiwan and Myanmar. His films have been screened in numerous international film festivals, such as Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and Warsaw Film Festival. His first feature-length documentary Blood Amber had its world premier at Locarno Film Festival.

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