Dir. Midi Z. Taiwan, Myanmar. 2011, 85 mins. In Mandarin, Yunnan dialect, with English subtitles.
In anticipation of Myanmar’s first democratic presidential election, Xing-hong, a Burmese construction worker in Taiwan, returns home hoping that change will come to his country. Return to Burma was the first feature film shot in Myanmar, where the first presidential election had just taken place. However, democracy was far from thriving, and the government only allowed limited foreign press into the country. As a result, Midi Z had to shoot this semi-autobiographical homecoming story without official permission, and with only minimal equipment and crew.
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