Song of Souls

Song of Souls

賽諾康Sai Naw Kham
  • Myanmar
  • DCP

Song of Souls


In Shan State, Myanmar, ancient culture clashes with six decades of civil war. Once a renowned folk singer, Nan Mya Han now channels loss through metaphorical verses. A documentary intertwines her songs with scenes of rituals, delving into decay and impermanence amid political turmoil. It's a poignant, mesmerising exploration of a people's resilience amidst upheaval.  

'In our country, people believe that if someone had experienced scary and frightening events, the guardian souls from the body would run away and that person would never have a dream anymore. In order to become cured of that, the soul has to be summoned back.  

'Song of Souls is not only the voice of a mother who is moaning and bewailing for her vanishing children but also the sound of calling my own souls as a filmmaker.' - Sai Naw Kham

Festivals & Awards
2023 Sheffield Doc/Fest
2023 Best International Feature-Length Documentary, FFD
Director's Profile
Sai Naw Kham

Sai Naw Kham made his first foray into directing in 2014 whilst a beginner student at Yangon Film School with The Crocodile Creek, a short film that merged myth and memory to explore present-day environmental issues in Myanmar’s Yangon River. For his next film, 32 Souls (YFS, 2015), he travelled to his native Shan to portray one woman’s memories in this war-torn part of Myanmar. Following its international premiere at DOK Leipzig in 2016, this film went on to screen to acclaim at festivals including Busan and at Kathmandu’s Film South Asia Festival in Nepal. In 2020, he directed a short film, The Forgotten Voices of the Mekong, which was screened at numerous festivals as part of an anthology film entitled Mekong 2030. Song of Souls is his first feature-length documentary.

2014 The Crocodile Creek
2015 32 Souls
2015 The Gate 54
2016 Scarecrow
2017 Letter to a Bird
2018 Wave
2020 No Real Body
2020 Mekong 2030: The Forgotten Voices of the Mekong
2020 No Real Body
2023 Song of Souls
Producer|Soe Arkar Htun
Cinematographer|Soe Kyaw Htin Tun
Sound Recording|Zaw Lar, Mann Pye Phyo Aung
Editor|Sai Naw Kham
Music|Ramo, Kyaw Ko Ko
Sound Design|Kyaw Ko Ko
Print Source
Soe Arkar HTUN|,


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