City of Jade

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Currently, Myanmar is undergoing some form of democratisation, however, it is not a linear process in terms of time. As the war between the government and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is still going, the corporations are forced to halt their operation in the jade mines. Time seems to have frozen in this war zone while waves of poor workers flock to the area. Carrying simple digging tools, they arrive in this paradise, dreaming of getting rich overnight; none of them has ever woken from that dream.

The director, Midi Z, is the protagonist’s youngest brother. Midi had pictured this place in his head since he was little but never had the chance to see it for himself. Now he is trying to portray his brother in this documentary as he questions his brother why he became a drug addict and abandoned his family. Furthermore, at the time when Aung San Suu Kyi has once again brought hope to the Burmese, it is a film that depicts how people struggle for survival in the darkest corners of this probably the poorest country in Asia.

Director Midi Z
Location Myanmar
Duration 28 min.
Genre Family / Life / Politics
Air Date (JST) Mon., Apr. 2, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Jan. 15, 2018

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Midi Z

Midi Z


Born in Myanmar, Midi Z arrived in Taiwan at the age of sixteen. He studied design and art before obtaining a master degree from the National Taiwan University of Technology and Science. In 2006, his graduation film, Paloma Blanca, was invited to several international film festivals such as Busan and Gothenburg. In 2011, Return to Burma, his debut feature, was nominated for the Busan New Currents and Rotterdam Tiger Competitions. In 2014, Ice Poison won Best International Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and represented Taiwan at Foreign Language Oscars. His latest feature to date, The Road to Mandalay, won Best Feature Film FEDEORA Award at the 2016 Venice Days Film Festival. Moreover, Midi works in documentary. His first documentary, Jade Miners, premiered at the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam and his second documentary, City of Jade, at the 2016 Berlinale. In addition to winning the Special mention award at the 2017 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, City of Jade was nominated for Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards as well as the Taipei Golden Horse Awards in 2016.


2016 The Road to Mandalay
2014 Ice Poison
2012 Poor Folk
2011 Return to Burma

2016 City of Jade
2015 Jade Miners

Short Film
2014 The Palace on the Sea
2013 Silent Asylum
2009 Hua-xin Incident
2008 Motorcycle Driver
2006 Paloma Blanca

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