Myanmar. A country that has been sleeping for a long time wakes up. With cameras in hand we try to capture the unique culture and stunning nature of this beautiful country before it changes irreversibly.
On one hand exploring Myanmar feels like stumbling into a living edition of the National Geographic: elephants leading processions of novice monks through dusty towns, a fruit seller carrying a basket of mangoes on her head: a fulfilment of the oriental fantasies of the West.
On the other- a country embracing its newly won identity rushing headlong into the future to catch up with the rest of the world: traditional Burmese sarongs meet singlets and baseball caps. Cheroot cigars become cigarettes.
‘This is Burma', wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘It will be quite unlike any land you know about.’ Amazingly, over a century later, Myanmar retains the power to surprise and delight. Also for entirely new different reasons.
We filmed with two Fujifilm XT-2 cameras equipped with the following Fujinon lenses:
18-55mm - f/2.8-4.0
supported by Samyang 12mm f/2.0 and Zhiyun Crane v2.
Directed by: Marta Trela
Camera: Marta Trela, Henning Himmelreich
Edit: Marta Trela
Sound Design: Marc Fragstein
Color Correction: Xenia Brenner
Music: Extraordinary Measures by Steven Gutheinz through Musicbed