Behind the Screen
Behind the ScreenAung Nwai Htway // Myanmar // 2013 // 35 min // Original with English sub. // 15+

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A son dissects his parents’ marriage—they were film icons in 1960s Myanmar. It turns out the heartrending scenes they acted out on the silver screen are a pretty accurate reflection of their real lives. While the camera slides across the glamour photos from their heyday, the filmmaker looks on, entranced. He grapples with the incredible fame of his parents. Now that he is reconstructing their relationship, he sees the old film footage through different eyes—as if it might contain the answers he didn’t get as a child when his parents separated.

Born in Yangon in 1970, Aung Nwai Htway studied law before attending workshops by the Yangon Film School (YFS) in 2006. Developed as a YFS project over several years, his latest film Behind the Screen is also his most personal work as it tells the story of his parents’ divorce. It won Best Documentary Award at the 2012 Wathann Film Festival Yangon.