Jade Miners

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    Jade Miners

    Wa yu shi de ren

    Directed by

    Taiwan, Myanmar

    2015

    104 min

    • Burmese

    Documentary

    In the end of 2012, when the Burmese army waged a war on Kachin Independence Army (KIA), many corporations contracted to work with the government on jade mining in the area were forced to stop their operation. The jade mines stretching up to hundreds of kilometers had become a war zone. Workers from all over the country flocked to the jade mines in the Kachin State to dig illegally for jade. They risked being arrested by the soldiers and being buried alive by rocks. All they wanted is to find a piece of beautiful jade that will lead them to comfortable lives.

    Awards

    • Merit Prize (Taiwanese Competition) - Taiwan IDF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Midi Z
    Wu Pei-chi
    Cinematography
    Midi Z
    Wang Shin-hong
    Zaw Moe
    Editing
    Midi Z
    Lin Sheng-wen
    Production
    SEASHORE IMAGE PRODUCTIONS
    Festival Bookings
    TAIWAN FILM INSTITUTE

    Press

    The approach is effective.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    Midi Z

    Midi Z

    Taiwan

    When camera is on, reality is gone.

    Midi Z was born in 1982. He was raised in Myanmar, Burma, but trained as an artist in Taiwan. His graduation short PALOMA BLANCA was screened in numerous film festivals. In 2009, he was selected as the leading screenwriter and leading director in the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy organized by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Midi Z made a short fillm, HUA-XING INCIDENT. In 2011, he made his first feature film RETURN TO BURMA, which was selected by Busan Int’l Film Festival and premiered in Europe in the prestigious Tiger Awards Competition section of the 2012 Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam. THE PALACE ON THE SEA has led to another Tiger Award nomination in 2014, this time for short films. Midi Z's ICE POISON (2014) won Best Film in Edinburgh and represented Taiwan at the Foreign Language Oscars. JADE MINERS (2015), his first documentary, screened at the Taipei International film Festval and at the Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam, followed by CITY OF JADE which was selected at the Berlinale Forum 2016. He was awarded Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker in 2016 during the Golden Horse Awards to acknowledge his excellence in both feature film and documentary, as well as how his achievement broadens the horizon of Taiwanese cinema. His latest feature NINA WU (2019) is selected as part of Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes.

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