About MERGUI

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“From the first moment to the last scene of Mergui, you can really see that the director Sandor Poppinga cares for this subject as he infused it with a lot of detail and emotion. The entire crew should be congratulated, and most especially the cinematographers.”

The film concerns the Myeik Archipelago in most southern Myanmar. Myanmar, also known as Burma opened its doors to foreign visitors just a few years ago. Today these 800 Islands are among the top 10 destinations of travelers and scuba diver´s bucket lists. This documentary acts as a beautiful homage to the natural environment and its native inhabitants, the Moken. This film is a realistic depiction of both its wonders and issues of the Mergui Archipelago.

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 As the use of the natural resources is a complex problem this film is very diverse thematically speaking. Same as elsewhere fishery, pollution and other circumstances threaten this area and those people who live in and from this marine environment. This documentary succeeds the most as an ecological cautionary tale.

The landscapes are stunning and beautifully captured – thanks to superb cinematography and in particular amazing aerial shots and stunning under water photography throughout. The cinematographers Michael Forbes, Heiko Birkenstock, Robin Kersten and Chistoph Jung did an amazing job.

The film is also phenomenally directed, very well edited and overall well-paced. The narration by Sean Dahlen is very clear, warm and satisfactory. His voice undermines the nearly poetical composition of this film.

 The same goes for for the music from João Silvestre & César Silva. This musical masterpiece is heartwarming, at times fittingly traditional and always accompanying the imagery on screen very deftly.

In the end, that’s a welcome new development, and one can only hope that the ecological situation and the living conditions of the Moken people become better in the future, but for now Mergui can very firmly stand as a wonderfully cinematic, heartwarming and beautifully shot exploration of Myanmar and Moken people that needs to be seen by more people as it offers some valuable lessons along the way, and a great, necessary glimpse at rarely seen subjects.

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