Stories That Matter 2017: City of Jade

City of Jade by Midi Z / Taiwan, Myanmar / 98 min / 2016 / M18

In a bid to understand his estranged brother, Midi Z accompanies him on his return to the jade mines where his brother sought his fortune 16 years ago. Part autobiography, part documentary, City of Jade delves into the lucrative jade mining industry in Myanmar, where the poor dream of striking rich overnight amid perilous and daunting circumstances.

Guided by the interaction between the brothers, the film reveals the grueling conditions under which the miners work, pounding the ground with the most basic of equipment and fearing frequent raids by the military. In its depiction of a side of Myanmar that is far removed from the optimism of its recent pro-democracy reforms, City of Jade is a story of the perennial struggle for survival in the country's darkest corners.

About Midi Z

Midi Z was born in Myanmar in 1982, before he moved to Taiwan at the age of sixteen. His debut feature, Return to Burma (2011), was nominated for the Busan New Currents Competition and Rotterdam Tiger Competition. His third film, Ice Poison (2014) won Best International Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and represented Taiwan at Foreign Language Oscars. In 2015, his script for The Road to Mandalay won the top prize at L’Atelier at the Canne and the Prix ARTE International.

Stories That Matter 2017

Objectifs presents Stories That Matter, a programme that looks at critical issues in our world through photography and film. This year, the programme features the theme 'Conspicuous Consumption' where different ideas regarding patterns of consumption and their effects will be examined.

From food sustainability to the ethics of trophy hunting, these independent documentaries look at the ways in which our habits of consumption affect the world around us. Hailing from Myanmar to South Africa, these films are powerful statements that seek to inform and inspire.

Visit our website for information about the programme: objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2017
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