Midi Z

Born in Myanmar, Midi Z arrived in Taiwan at the age of sixteen. He studied Design and Art before obtaining a master’s degree from the National Taiwan University of Technology and Science.

In 2006, his graduation film, Paloma Blanca, was invited to several international film festivals such as Busan and Gothenburg. In 2011, Return to Burma, his debut feature, was nominated for the Busan New Currents and Rotterdam Tiger Competitions. In 2014, Ice Poison won Best International Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and represented Taiwan at Foreign Language Oscars. In 2016, The Road to Mandalay won Best Feature Film FEDEORA Award at the Venice Film Festival. Midi’s latest feature, Nina Wu, is selected for the Un Certain Regard at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

In addition, Midi has made three documentaries, including Jade Miners (2015), which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, City of Jade (2016) and 14 Apples (2018), which was invited to the 2018 Berlinale. Notably, City of Jade, which world premiered at the 2016 Berlinale, was nominated for Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards as well as the Taipei Golden Horse Awards in 2016 and won the Special mention award at the 2017 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

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Filmography

(selection) Paloma blanca (2006, short), Motorcycle Driver (2008, short), Hua-Xing Incident (2009, short), Gui lai de ren/Return to Burma (2011), Qiong Ren, Liu Lian, Ma Yao, Tou Du Ke/Poor Folks (2012), Hai shang huang gung/The Palace on the Sea (2013, short), Letters from the South – segment Burial Clothes (2013, co-dir), Bing du/Ice Poison (2014), Wa yu shi de ren/Jade Miners (2015, doc), My Folks in Jade City (2016, instal), The Road to Mandalay (2016)

Poster for the movie "City of Jade"

City of Jade

Midi Z visits his uncle who works as a jade miner. In the war-torn Kachin State in Myanmar, waves of poor workers flock to dig for jade, dreaming of getting rich overnight. The director, Midi Z, is the protagonist’s youngest brother. Midi tries to find out why his brother became a drug addict and abandoned his family. Moreover, the film depicts how people struggle for survival in the darkest corners in Myanmar.

Nina Wu

Nina Wu, a girl who leaves small theatre company in the country for the big city in pursuit of her actress dream. The wait seems to be endless, as she lives a lonely and repressed life combined with hereditary condition, she suffers from minor depression. One day, she gets a role as a heroine in a 70s espionage film. Having decided to devote herself completely to the character, she did everything she could to get … Read more