Friends in High Places


1h 29m 2002

Brief Synopsis

Decades of isolation and corruption under the iron-fisted rule of dictator General Ne Win have caused Burma (now known as Myanmar) to plummet from being one of Asia's richest countries to one of the world's poorest nations. But beneath the continued oppression and misgovernment in Burma lies the vib

Film Details

Release Date
2002
Production Company
Arte; Lindsey Merrison Film; U Sein Kala Hsaing; Waing Ensemble; Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wdr); Yle - Finnish Broadcasting Company
Location
Yangon, Myanmar; Yangon, Burma

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

Synopsis

Decades of isolation and corruption under the iron-fisted rule of dictator General Ne Win have caused Burma (now known as Myanmar) to plummet from being one of Asia's richest countries to one of the world's poorest nations. But beneath the continued oppression and misgovernment in Burma lies the vibrant world of the cult of the nat. Nats are somewhere between gods and spirits who suffered untimely deaths as victims of the injustice of Burmese kings of yore. At the mercy of an arbitrary junta themselves, it's not hard for the Burmese to identify with these supernatural figures and so, in spite of the fact that more than 80% of the Burmese population is Buddhist, belief in this ancient cult is still widespread. At the centre of this world are spirit mediums - often homosexuals - known as nat kadaw. The film takes us on a journey into the nat cult and into the lives of several mediums.

Film Details

Release Date
2002
Production Company
Arte; Lindsey Merrison Film; U Sein Kala Hsaing; Waing Ensemble; Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wdr); Yle - Finnish Broadcasting Company
Location
Yangon, Myanmar; Yangon, Burma

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2002

Released in United States February 2002

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama/ market) February 6-17, 2002.

Released in United States 2002

Released in United States February 2002 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama/ market) February 6-17, 2002.)