Through the lens of two Buddhist monks with very different beliefs, 'Amarapura' explores religious intolerance within Myanmar's Buddhist population. We investigate a controversial and mysterious organization known as the Ma Ba Tha, whose monk-endorsed hate speech has incited several episodes of violence and further discrimination against the Muslim minority throughout the country.
Best Newcomer Short Documentary for the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival 2016.
Award of Excellence for Content/Message Delivery from the Depth of Field Film Festival.
U Thaw Bita, interfaith community leader and Ma Ba Tha critic.
U Sein Dita, Treasurer of the Amarapura branch of Ma Ba Tha.
Novice monks at Mahagandayon Monastery, where U Thaw Bita and U Sein Dita live.
U Bein is a teakwood bridge that stretches 1200 meters across Taungthaman Lake. One of the country's most photographed sites, it is also the oldest and longest bridge of its kind in the world. It is directly next to Mahagandayon Monastery, where U Thaw Bita and U Sein Dita live.
At Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, visitors offer water to a Buddhist shrine. Doing so symbolizes the cultivation of calmness, clarity and purity in body, speech and mind.
U Thaw Bita's family in their home village.
Sayadaw Ashin Tilawka heads the Patriotic Association of Myanmar, which is abbreviated as Ma Ba Tha. Here he is at Insein Ywama Monastery in Yangon, where he lives.