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A Thousand Fires

Saeed Taji Farouky
Screening time  
04.04. / Monday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 1 Ticket

In the Magway region of Myanmar, a country home to one of the oldest petroleum industries in the world, live husband and wife Thein Shwe and Htwe Tin. Running an unregulated oil field, they produce a barrel every few days. They wish above all else to see their youngest son succeed, to break the cycle of poverty. Director Saeed Taji Farouky explores the human aspects of the oil industry, examining the point where oil is intimately connected with the human body; where one person reaches into the ground and touches the remnants of millions of years of organic decomposition. A Thousand Fires is a story of intergenerational conflict and compromise, emphasising miniscule detail over epic narrative.


Saeed Taji Farouky

Saeed Taji Farouky is a Palestinian-British filmmaker who has been producing work around themes of conflict, human rights and colonialism since 2004. His previous documentary, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year (ZagrebDox 2016, special mention), premiered at the Berlinale 2015 where it won the Panorama Audience Award and the Amnesty Human Rights Award. His films focus on exile and the lingering trauma of conflict. He tells intimate, personal stories with an emphasis on humanism, and its mirror image: surrealism. Saeed participated in the Edinburgh International Film Festival talent lab and the Torino Script Lab with his first fiction feature project.

General sponsor

Mille Feux

France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Palestina
2021, 90'

Directed by:
Saeed Taji Farouky

Screenplay by:
Saeed Taji Farouky

Saeed Taji Farouky

Edited by:
Catherine Rascon

Fatima Dunn

Estelle Robin You, Palmyre A. Badinier, Joram Willink

Produced by:
Point du Jour - Les films du Balibari, Akka Films, BIND

Festivals & Awards:

Locarno FF: Marco Zucchi Award (2021)
IDFA (2021)
FIPADOC (2022)


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