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A Thousand Fires

Saeed Taji Farouky

France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Palestine

A Thousand Fires is a tale of family, fate, and life-cycles in Myanmar’s hand-drilled oil fields. A tough but loving couple works hard to put their wayward son through school and give him a better future. But the boy, raised on television and the internet and obsessed with the world of celebrity, has other ideas. He decides to quit school and pursue his dream of becoming a professional football player. His parents are alarmed and fear for his future, but when a fortune-teller teaches them how to come to terms with their karma, they slowly learn to accept both their son’s wishes, and their fate in the endless Buddhist cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

  • Saeed Taji Farouky is a Palestinian/British filmmaker who has been producing work around themes of conflict, human rights and colonialism since 2004. His previous documentary, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, premiered at the Berlinale 2015 where it won the Audience Choice Panorama award and the Amnesty Human Rights Award. His films focus on exile and the lingering trauma of conflict. He tells intimate, personal stories with an emphasis on humanism, and its mirror image: surrealism.

  • Estelle Robin You has (co-produced) over 20 films internationally to date, supported by funds such as Sundance, HotDocs Blue Ice Docs, IDFA Bertha,Field of Vision amongst others. Her productions have been shown on TVs and theatres worldwide as well as major documentary festivals such as IDFA, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel. She is a partner in the production company Point du Jour – Les films du balibari, a merger between the companies after 6 years of partnership.

Production : Point du Jour – Les films du balibari (Estelle Robin You)
Coproduction : AKKA Films (Palmyre Badinier), BIND (Joram Willink), ODEH Films (May Odeh)
Statut : Last stage of editing
Completion : June /July 2021
Screening version length : 92 mn
Expected final length : 90 mn
Funds : Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, CNC-Institut Français / Région Pays de la Loire / Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes / Media Creative Europe / Procirep-Angoa / Field of Vision / Amiel & Melburn Trust / OFC / Cineforom / Netherlands Film Fund / Al Jazeera documentary / TSR / KRO NCRV Buddhist chanel


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