A well-known Burmese filmmaker is appealing to the public to help him recover a computer hard disk containing valuable video footage that was stolen from his car on Sunday.
Rangoon-based director Aung Myat said the incident occurred near the Thuwanna National Stadium in Thingangyun Township at around 3pm on Sunday.
He said he discovered upon returning from watching the Myanmar Lethwei Championship at the stadium that his car window had been smashed and a bag containing his computer and other electronic equipment had been stolen.
Speaking to DVB on Tuesday, Aung Myat said: “Whoever took my computer, the data may not be useful for them, but for me, I can’t describe the value of the time, hard work, creativity and memories in that data.”
He said he was especially disappointed about losing video footage from a TV series and MTV show that he is currently working on. He said he had no backup of the the video files contained on the hard disk.
“If I have to reshoot this footage, it will not have the same emotion. I won’t know if what I am reshooting will be better or worse than the original footage,” he said, adding that he was worried that he might not be able to hire the same actors and actresses who he originally filmed.
Despite the loss, he said he would try to move forward: “I’m not expecting to get my lost material back. I am now focusing on starting again.”
He said he has lodged a formal complaint at the Thingangyun Township police station and is now waiting to hear back from the police.
His stolen possessions included a Notebook Air 13”, an iPhone 5S, and 200,000 kyat (US$168) in cash. The total value of his stolen possessions was 10 million kyat ($8,400), he said.
But it isn’t the monetary value of the stolen goods that he cares about, he added.
“If I could just get my external hard disk back, I would be very thankful.”