Mudras Calling (Screening: Sun, 23 July, 9:00pm)
Myanmar | 2016 | 95 mins | Narrative
When US-raised Jaden returs to his Myanmar birthplace to research his thesis on Burmese music, he falls in love with Hnin, a traditional and proud Burmese woman. The second reason for Jaden’s trip is to find his roots. As Hnin helps him to find his birth parents, their journey takes on a different dimension when Jaden discovers a shocking truth and ultimately finds a possible future in his homeland. Mudras Calling was filmed entirely in Myanmar, including post-production.
Christina Kyi was born in Myanmar but moved to the USA at an early age with her family. She studied filmaking at the Gibbs School in New York City absorbing the culture of film in a city famous worldwide for its stars and movie culture. The skills she learned could have earned her a career in the US, but she felt drawn back to the country of her birth to tell the stories of her homeland. Mudras Calling is her first feature film for the international marketplace.