Selected Projects > The Birdwatchers
by Sai Kong Kham, Lin Sun Oo
Despite the chaos of the pandemic and the coup, three bird watchers from different ethnic backgrounds try to document rare birds in Myanmar that might be lost forever.
Amidst a political upheaval and a pandemic, three birdwatchers from different ethnic backgrounds come together to travel to Myanmar to document rare bird species. Sai Kong Kham (ethnic Shan), Saw Moses (ethnic Karen), and Ye Min Aung (ethnic Bamar) team up to continue their journey towards documenting birds and wildlife native to Myanmar. They reflect on the larger challenges that encompass their lives, from socio-political upheaval, climate change, and their desires to preserve a part of Myanmar that is often overlooked by others. While they share a common passion for wildlife, they come at it from different backgrounds. Saw is a conservationist who believes in learning about humanity from those who live around nature. Ye is a birding tour guide whose career has been put on hold due to the coup and pandemic. Sai is a filmmaker who married his passion for birdwatching with his skills in making documentary films. Sai realised that there wasn’t anybody actively collecting live-action footage of birds and decided this was something worth pursuing. Throughout their journey, they learn more about each other and those in different parts of the country.