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A Thousand Fires + Q&A (N/C 8+)

5 December

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


In the Magway region of Myanmar, a country that is home to one of the oldest petroleum industries in the world, live husband and wife Thein Shwe and Htwe Tin. Running an unregulated oil field, they produce a barrel every few days. They wish above all else to see their youngest son succeed, to break the cycle of poverty. A kettle boils. Mud slicked hands work sputtering machines. The ambient sound of a football match hums from a nearby television. 'These days passed quickly,' Htwe says.

From Palestinian-British filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky, A Thousand Fires is a portrait of a family in flux, and a story of intergenerational conflict and compromise. It is a film of transient moments: of hopes and aspirations; of faith in the forces of karma and luck; of a place, a community and the rhythms of daily life; of lingering memories and a turbulent past; and of life persisting, regardless.

Followed by a Q&A with writer and director Saeed Taji Farouky.

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  • Director Saeed Tajo Farouky
  • Country France/Switzerland/Netherlands/Palestine
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Language Burmese with English subtitles
  • Running Time 1h30m
  • Certificate N/C 8+

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