Zawana is confronted with several paths that open out defiantly before him, and he has to choose which one to take as the next step on his life’s journey. The youth enters a small village monastery somewhere in Burma, led by its superior U Dahma. Zawana and the other novices are, as befits their age, playful and disobedient, and they find it hard to abide by the laws of the monastic robe. However, when U Dahma, who hasn’t been running the monastery with a particularly firm hand, falls ill, the young man realises that perhaps it’s time to step out resolutely onto one of the paths and surrender to the school of life – and not only because his superior’s death could mean the closure of the monastery. This fragile film draws the viewer into a remarkable environment, intelligibly portraying a vulnerable and crucial period in the protagonists’ lives without superfluous dialogue. The story moves away from aspects of meditation and even spirituality, focusing more on universal values and desires, whose fulfilment itself presents a difficult challenge.
- Netpac Jury Prize - FI de Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul
- Kyaw Nyi Thu
- Han Newe Nyein
- Thein Swe Myint
- Aung Min
- Vit Janecek
- Zaw Win Htwe
- FAMU – FILM AND TV SCHOOL OF THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
- ONE POINT ZERO
He graduated in Burmese Literature and IT Technologies, and attended Yangon Film School in Yangon and the filmdirecting track of the AP Program of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) taught in English. He is a poet, performance artist, painter and filmmaker. His short documentary AGAIN AND AGAIN won a special prize at the 2008 ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. This film is still being shown in Europe. His first feature length documentary NARGIS: WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHING (2012) won four prizes from international film festivals. The Maw Naing’s works have been shown in Asia, Europe and the USA. He made several successful short films at FAMU, and THE MONK (2014) is his feature-length debut.