Every year, thousands of young people flock to Yangon from Myanmar’s rural dry zone to work in the factories that have sprung up on the outskirts of the country’s former capital. Ma Nwet Yin Win is one of them. She and her sister left their home on an alluvial island in the Ayeyarwaddy River twenty years ago. Climate change has made life there difficult, but fighting for workers’ rights in Yangon is no less daunting.
What does it take to move two people? What about two hundred? These are stories of communities coming together to stand for their values even when official structures have abandoned them. From villages in Myanmar to burial grounds in Hawaii to San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood, these inspiring films remind us that it takes a village.