Award of Merit – By Longboat to Samkar (Australia)

Title: By Longboat to Samkar
Runtime: 10 min
Country: Australia
Director: Arnold Kopff  
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March, 2022

Synopsis: This rarely visited country is known as Myanmar these days, but many of us still know it as Burma. It’s easily one of the most exotic and fascinating locations imaginable.

Most foreign visitors to Burma visit Inle Lake in Shan State in the country’s east, but few have the time to make the 7-hour round trip by longboat to the remote and isolated village of Samkar.

As a consequence, when you arrive there, you’re unlikely to encounter other tourists; indeed, the locality is sufficiently remote that many of the locals will have never met a foreigner.

Director Arnold Kopff with his Global Shorts statuette.
Congratulations, Arnold!