My Leg

Khon Soe Moe Aung
Myanmar 2015 | 16 Min. | OmeU

The long last­ing, con­tin­u­ous civil war in Myan­mar has left its traces and injuries on the human body and soul, as well as on soci­ety. Since 2007, almost 800 pros­thet­ic legs have been pro­duced in a work­shop run by dis­abled vet­er­ans. Injured ex-sol­diers of the Burmese Army and ex-lib­er­a­tion fight­ers work togeth­er to help amputees. The film does not only por­tray the work of the dis­abled crafts­men, which gives them hope and strength to deal with their sit­u­a­tion, it tells the story of sol­i­dar­i­ty in a space where ethnic bound­aries and former rival­ries are left behind and appear sense­less - like the war itself. The direc­tor, Khon Soe Moe Aung, is a human rights activist and young film­mak­er, who was intro­duced to film­mak­ing during a Yangon Film School course. MY LEG is his first doc­u­men­tary film. Cur­rent­ly, he is work­ing on a fea­ture-length documentary.

In coop­er­a­tion with Goethe Insti­tut Myan­mar and SEZ – Stiftung Entwick­lungs-Zusam­me­nar­beit Baden-Württemberg