The original idea of the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival is to connect film and human rights. Its core mission is to promote human rights awareness in Burma/Myanmar by using the power of film, the persuasive strength of audiovisual communication (the “seeing is believing” factor) and to create a space for encouraging human rights discussions amongst the general public in Burma/Myanmar. The Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival will be held in Yangon from June 15 till June 19. The film festival is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi who played an integral role in promoting issues of human rights in Burma/Myanmar. In her honor, the film festival awards ceremony is scheduled on her birthday, 19 June. The film festival is held under the patronage of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Min Ko Naing.
At the film festival we will screen Documentary films in the International Competition section, and Documentary, Short and Animation films in the National Competition section.
HRHDIFF has categorized three awards for the best documentary film, the best short film and the best animation film. Titles for three awards are given as Aung San Suu Kyi Award, Min Ko Naing Award and March13 Award.
Honoring the university students who fell during the 1988 uprising for demanding fundamental human rights, HRHDIFF includes a title for one award as March13 Award. March13 is the date which is widely recognized as human rights day in Burma/Myanmar.
The festival founder, Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, has extensive experience participating in international film festivals, as a result of his award-winning documentary, The Floating Tomatoes.
He is also an experienced film festival organizer, having coordinated the 2012 The Art of Freedom Film Festival in Burma/Myanmar. The film festival was organized by Aung San Suu Kyi, Director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and Comedian Zarganar. More than 180 films made by local filmmakers were submitted to the film festival. In Burma / Myanmar, it was the first and foremost film festival that screened films not approved by the strict censor board.
The festival founder has made numerous feature films, documentary and short films as below:
A) Feature Films
Father’s School 2012
On the Trail of Clouds 2010
Moonlight Sonata 2009
The Last Poem 2008
Beyond the Dream 2007
Maung Yarzar Ne Win (Clone) 2004
B) Documentary Films
Aung San Suu Kyi’s documentary (In Production)
Transparency and Accountability in Practice (20 mins) 2011
The Floating Tomatoes (30 mins) 2010 – 2nd Award in category Best Documentary 2010,
Festival of Photos – Reportage – Documentary Film ASEAN, Hanoi, Vietnam
Human Zoo (19 mins) 2006
C) Short Films
Uninterruptedness (5 mins) 2011 – New Vision Award – Wathan Film Festival 2011, Burma/Myanmar