Burma by skateboard: A short film from a unique perspective

November 19, 2012

Although they couldn't have known it at the time, when three British filmmakers traveled to Burma in the summer of 2009, they were visiting the southeast Asian hermit state at the midpoint between its bloody 2007 crackdown on Buddhist monk-led protests and its 2011 opening to the world, which led to President Obama's historic visit Monday.

Their footage captures the country at a precarious time, and all the more so for the avowedly apolitical focus that is nonetheless saturated with the politics of Burma in that moment: skateboarding in the capital city.

The full, 19-minute short film is embedded above. It is nowhere near a full view of life in Burma or of the country's complicated dynamics, but it's a charming little glimpse into the experience of visiting pre-opening Burma as a Westerner and making contact with curious locals.

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Max Fisher · November 19, 2012