Filmmakers Nicola Grignani, Valeria Testagrossa, and Andrea Zambelli were surprised to find an active LGBTIQ community in the remote village of Kyauk Myaung, on the banks of the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar. This documentary focuses on a young gay couple and their audacious ambition to marry against the law of the military regime of their country. Their story is tender and romantic, but also set in the context of the emerging gay rights group that they are part of.
Bringing together the stories of their friends, we are introduced to a number of brave individuals who openly experiment with gender and sexual identity in the face of an unaccepting world. Importantly, there is the influence of their older friends and mentors Myo Nyunt and Thet Htar Phyu, who add an important perspective of a different generation to the film. Myo takes on a particularly active role as a political leader and in forming an alliance with the local Buddhist monastery, and it is his advice that the young lovers seek in their battle to be together.
The climax of the film is one of the first meetings of the rights activist group, along with the ceremony, blessing, and celebration of the wedding.
"Irrawaddy Mon Amour, in addition to being beautifully photographed, is also brilliantly paced, taking the time to be meditative without ever lingering; when it’s over you feel both as if you wish it was longer but satisfied by what you just watched." – Film Inquiry
"Irrawaddy Mon Amour brings upon himself the traits of fine documentary derived from life experience." – Quinlan
Presented with: ACON Asian Gay Men's Project
Irrawaddy Mon Amour plays in a double feature session. To purchase tickets for Irrawaddy Mon Amour, buy for The Priestess Walks Alone.
|Tue 28 Feb||6:15 PM||The Priestess Walks Alone|