Private Project

13 Burmese Days

**Oxford University students explore Burma and meet the people fighting for social change.**

At Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary doctorate ceremony in Oxford 2012, she encouraged students to visit her country. Organised by the Oxford University Student Union, nine people were selected to be the UK's first student delegation in Burma, spending 13 days in 2013.

Whilst touring the country, the delegation met with different sectors of industry and were touched by the candidness and determination of those fighting for social change.

This documentary captures the transitional social landscape that would lead to Aung San Suu Kyi's landslide election victory in 2015 and towards her official appointment to power in 2016.

  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Student
  • Genres:
    Travel, Human Rights, Ethnography, Anthropology, Culture, Burma, Myanmar, Social change, Society
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Myanmar
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography

Garlen Lo was born and raised in London in a mixed Chinese-Hong Kong-Scottish-English family.

He earned a 1st in BA Film (UCA) and a Merit in MSc Social Anthropology (Oxford). He combined his passion for film and culture to make his first film, the documentary '13 Burmese Days'.

He also writes fiction, screenplays, and songs, which sometimes win awards but mostly don't.

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Director Statement

I was honoured to be part of Oxford University’s – and the UK’s first - student delegation to Burma. Our aim was to learn about the country through both tourism and meetings with professionals organised by the British Council in Yangon.

The transition in 2010 from military dictatorship towards Burma’s first real democratic election in 2015 was the environment of my 2013 documentary. Capturing local voices in the midst of change, the film explores Burma’s past and future.

**This documentary was filmed whilst Garlen was a student (2013) and edited post-studies (2015). It is an independent production.**