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Vote for the best of 10 DVB Short Docs 2023 films

DVB Short Docs 2023

DVB Short Docs 2023 contest featured 10 documentary films over the last 10 weeks on DVB TV News. Screen all films on-demand now. Pick your favorite and cast your vote now. Scan the QR code at the bottom of the page. This is an annual initiative developed by the Democratic Voice of Burma to support independent Myanmar filmmakers. For more info visit: or

1. Will there be a Tomorrow?
An intimate portrait of an intrepid healthcare worker who travels to Karen state’s most remote and isolated areas to provide treatment to those with no access to medical facilities. She bravely tends to a community displaced and cut off by many years of conflict and reveals the new challenges she faces since the coup.

2. Two Sides
A beautiful, personal portrait of a young woman from Karen state who has left her family to become a nun in the hope of gaining an adequate education. As the young nun reflects on her decisions and battles homesickness this moving story of separation, sacrifice and hope reveals the emotional journey so many children in Myanmar have to face.

3. Is it a Problem?
An expressive and informative film about Mon people in Myanmar and Thailand struggling to preserve their culture though education. This film is a thorough exploration of the challenges that ethnic minorities face to conserve their language, literature and culture and the tireless efforts to protect them.

4. Rachel 
A striking portrait of a young woman who has given everything to join the armed revolution. This in-depth story highlights the struggles Rachel faces as the only female cadet in a her unit. As she undergoes a punishing training regime she shares her motivations for choosing life in territory controlled by Ethnic Armed Organisations.

5. My Notes to Spring
An emotional portrait of a revolutionary who has risked everything to construct dangerous and unpredictable homemade landmines to protect his village from pro-military forces in Sagaing. This touching story follows one family’s journey of love, bravery and sacrifice and raises questions about how far people will go to fight for freedom.  

6. A Revolutionary Mother
A powerful portrayal of a hard-working and determined single mother running a farm in Sagaing during the time of war. This moving story reveals the sacrifices she and her children have made to support the revolution and keep the farm running and highlights the hardships facing so many ordinary people in Myanmar.

7. The Watchdog
An untold side of the revolution, this dramatic film follows members of “The Watchdog” as they tirelessly monitor social media pages so that they can warn those at risk of imminent arrest. As pro-military pages reveal personal data about democracy activists, The Watchdog’s goal is to reach those who have been outed first and save them from being detained by the military.

8. A Step to Home
A story of a man’s compelling and dangerous journey from military cadet to videographer to revolutionary and all he sacrificed to get there. From the streets of Yangon protests to a life in exile, this is a story of life and loss told through a fascinating protagonist.  

9. Along the River
A dramatic story about the impact of Myanmar’s escalating conflict on those who have been displaced by war. This beautiful and informative story takes us on an emotional journey through fear and loss along the Salween and Moei rivers and gives us an intimate insight into those living in displacement camps along the Thai-Burma border. 

10. Page number 23: Yangon
A creative and intimate portrayal of Yangon two years after the coup. This film reveals the quiet rebellion against military rule which simmers throughout the city, and presents scenes from ordinary life in extraordinary times. It documents the ever present fears in the city while exploring the persistent hopes, and dreams of many residents.

Watch all 10 films on DVB TV News.

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