After filming political footage, Myanmar filmmaker Tin Win Naing must flee his home. The nation’s brutal dictatorship has begun arresting anyone suspected of criticizing the government, and Naing is certain to be targeted. Unsure whether he will ever see his family again, he crosses the border illegally to Thailand. Upon his arrival, he is astonished to see how many of his fellow countrymen have escaped the disastrous situation in Myanmar, only to find themselves trapped on the other side of the border, working under conditions tantamount to slave labor. Tin Win Naing portrays three Myanmar migrant workers in their struggle for survival. The filmmaker – a refugee amongst refugees – observes his compatriots in close and empathetic detail. IN EXILE takes us on a deeply felt journey into the hearts and minds of a people who have been tormented by Myanmar’s system for decades and who are now mistreated in a new foreign home. In spite of this, however, they have emerged as fighters – fighters against despair.
TIN WIN NAING was born in Myanmar and began his career as a filmmaker in 1995. After studies at the Yangon Film School, he was the DoP for the award-winning films IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN, INTO THE RING, NARGIS – WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHING, and numerous other documentaries. IN EXILE is his directorial debut.