Selected Project keyboard_arrow_right It Wasn't an Accident
Soe Moe Aung
Thu Thu Shein
Production Status
In production, Rough Cut Stage
Date of Completion
July 2019
90 minutes
Total Budget
USD 45,000
Financing In Place
USD 11,000
Requested Contribution
USD 34,000
Production Company
Third Floor Production
It Wasn't an Accident
Fifty years ago, a soldier unintentionally killed a woman and brought her child to the nearest hospital. Now, he and his son, the filmmaker, are trying to find that child to seek her forgiveness. The filmmaker has to come to terms with what his father had done in the past.

Probably the whole world has heard about Burmese military junta. U Aung Win was one of their soldiers from the 1960s to the 1980s. Things were not black and white as always in any war. His son grew up with bedtime stories of U Aung Win’s life as a soldier during the civil war between Kachin ethnic armed group and Government Military, which is one of the longest civil war in the world.

U Aung Win graduated from Defense Services Academy and served in Kachin State, the northern part of Myanmar, for four years. As a second lieutenant he fought a battle in 1976 where he shot and killed a woman by accident. He took her 3 month-old infant girl and left her at the nearest hospital. After that, he never had any contact with her.

U Aung Win was kicked out from the military and became one of the pro-democracy activists. He was involved in 1988 student uprising against the military Junta and spent two years in prison as a political prisoner. In 2015 he was elected as an MP of the newly formed democratic parliament. But he feels that the accident from 50 years ago need to be resolved.

The film documents the filmmaker’s journey to help his father, U Aung Win, to find the child whose mother he killed 50 years ago. As the search progresses, they realized that they have different questions and perspectives on the entire incident.