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Saeed Taji Farouky – A Thousand Fires #Locarno74

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A portrait of a family in flux, and a story of intergenerational conflict and compromise.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Saeed Taji Farouky, director of the film A Thousand Fires.

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A conversation with Saeed Taji Farouky, director of A Thousand Fires, the opening film of the Critics’ Week section of the 2021 Locarno Film Festival. This is a touching documentary and meditative portrait of a lower class family running an unregulated oil field. In this interview, the filmmaker talks about connecting with the region and the family, shares his thoughts on the movie following the violent coup in Myanmar of this year, and more.

A Thousand Fires :  is a tale of family, oil, and life cycles in Myanmar’s hand-drilled oil fields. Parents Htwe Tin and Thein Shwe work hard to give their children a better future, their lives governed by a web of karma and astrology. All their hopes are pinned on their youngest son – Zin Ko Aung – and when he leaves home to make his own life, his parents must learn to let their children go.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Saeed Taji Farouky
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    A Thousand Fires
  • Festival section
    Critics' Week
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