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My Buddha is Punk

“A New Wave of Punk Documentaries.” Robert Ito, The New York Times

10 August 2017 27 August 2017

Burmese with Thai/English subtitles


Kyaw Kyaw, a 25-year-old Burmese punk, pursues the dream of seeing the punk scene take off in Myanmar. The former military dictatorship carried out a few democratic reforms, but he remains sceptical: In his opinion, the country hasn’t changed yet. Along with the members of his punk band, he tries to raise the awareness of his people about the persistent violation of human rights. By way of his music and the demonstrations in the streets, he criticizes the ongoing civil war and the persecutions of ethnic minorities. He travels across the country to promote his own philosophy among the young generations: A symbiosis of Buddhism and punk that rejects religious dictates and political doctrine.


  • Festival dei Popoli Florence 2015 “Festival Highlights“ Vision du Réel Nyon 2015 “Doc Outlook”
  • Millenium Documentary Film Festival Brussels 2016 Achtung Berlin - New Berlin Film Award 2016
  • Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival 2016 Myanmar Film Festival of Los Angeles 2016
  • In-Edit Music Documentary Film Festival São Paulo 2016
  • Ânûû-rû Âboro Intl. Documentary Film Festival New Caledonia 2016 Buddhist Film Festival Europe Amsterdam 2016
  • WOMEX World Music Expo Santiago de Compostela 2016
  • Doc’n Roll Film Festival London 2016
  • International Ethnographic Film Festival Marburg 2016
  • German Film Fest Australia Syndey & Melbourne 2016
  • Brunei Gallery SOAS University of London 2017
  • Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet Paris 2017
  • Hamtown Smakdown Punk Festival Hamilton New Zealand 2017 Boddinale Film Festival Berlin 2017
  • Punk Film Festival Berlin 2017
  • Bangkok Underground Film Festival 2017
  • Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival San Francisco 2017



About the film

Director: Andreas Hartmann
Country: Myanmar, Germany
Year: 2015
Duration: 68 mins