• 9 10
  • 2013
  • 30min
  • Original Title: Tyres (2013)

Filmed in a contrasting black and white, this short film documents life in a tyre recycling workshop in Myanmar. In this place, something new always comes from the dead.


AWARDS: Best Student Documentary Short, Best Student Ciematography. Palm Springs International Short Film Festival/ Best Student Documentary. FIFE International Student Film Festival/ Winner Material Culture Film Prize Screening Strand. RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film/ Best Cinematography. Asia Livelyhood Documentary Festival/ Best Student Award. Film South Asia

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Wathann Film fest/ IDFA/ Green Film Festival/ Filmfest Eberswalde/ World Film Festival Bangkok/ Saint Louis International Film Festival/  Ahvaz International Science Film Festival/ BIFED

Tyre. A tyre recycling workshop in Myanmar

A tyre recycling workshop in South Okkalapa in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon is a site of multiple uses and multiple deaths, for this is the place where defunct tyres are transformed from their original shape and use, and are reborn into new and completely different lives.

Filmed almost entirely in black-and-white, this observational documentary gently explores a community of tyre cutters and recyclers, young and old, male and female, as they create with their super-sharp blades, careful eyes and skilful strokes, buckets, brushes and slippers from discarded rubber tyres.

And, from time to time, in fleeting yet visceral moments in between their movements, snatched conversation and song, something lyrical, even philosophical emerges, and we are gently reminded of how every death gives way to a birth.

Kyaw Myo Lwin
Kyaw Myo Lwin Director

Production Companies

The Yangong Film School

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