Slate

By Khin Warso

Myanmar | In Burmese and Mon with English subtitles | 2015 | 17 min 15 sec

 

The chance discovery of a long-forgotten writing slate revives childhood memories for director Khin Warso. She returns to her native Mon State to chronicle the arduous process of manufacturing it,  from the back-breaking work of extracting raw material and making the frames, to its distribution and use in schools. Slate takes an everyday object and brings it to the fore, shedding light on its considerable social significance as the backbone of an entire village industry.

Slate won the Jury Special Mention at the Tehran International Short Film Festival (2016), and the People’s Choice Award at the Bangkok Underground Film Festival (2017).

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

Khin Warso (b. 1991, Myanmar) was a journalist before she enrolled in Yangon Film School in 2014. She is a recipient of that school’s Fellowship Grant and the Myanmar Script Fund Award (2018). She was selected as an independent producer in the Open Doors Lab at the Locarno Film Festival (2019) and is currently working as a creative producer on a feature film, She Called It Freedom, directed by Myat Minn Khant.

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