TYRES # 191

15:45, Wednesday 17th June, Cinema 3

Director/Anthropologist: Kyaw Myo Lwin, Yangon Film School
Year of Release: 2013
Duration: 30 mins
Country of Production: Myanmar
Location: Myanmar
Ethnic Group: Burmese
Language: Burmese with English subtitles

A tyre recycling workshop in South Okkalapa in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon is a site of multiple uses and multiple deaths, for this is the place where defunct tyres are transformed from their original shape and use, and are reborn into new and completely different lives. Filmed almost entirely in black-and-white, this observational documentary gently explores a community of tyre cutters and recyclers, young and old, male and female, as they create with their super-sharp blades, careful eyes and skilful strokes, buckets, brushes and slippers from discarded rubber tyres. And, from time to time, in fleeting yet visceral moments in between their movements, snatched conversation and song, something lyrical, even philosophical emerges, and we are gently reminded of how every death gives way to a birth.

Kyaw Myo Lwin joined YFS in 2007. He is a freelance editor, sound recordist and filmmaker and also works as a Student Editor during YFS film training courses.


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