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Movie Reviews: ‘Return to Burma’ and ‘Poor Folk’

Director Midi Z captures a poignant side of Myanmar with a digital camera and a little help from his friends

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

Yet Midi Z shows that he is not a filmmaker tied to the doctrine of realism. Toward the end of Poor Folk, Sun-mei and her friend pass a crashed aircraft on a vast, empty plain in the border village. In the otherwise hyper-realistic film, the digitally rendered plane is a curious commentary on the act of crossing borders. It’s this just-right blend of vision and cinematic sensibilities that make Midi Z a promising talent and a name to watch closely.

Return to Burma and Poor Folk are playing at SPOT — Taipei Film House (台北光點), 18, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市中山北路二段18號) until May 17. Both films have subtitles in Chinese and English.

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