City of Jade

by Midi Z

In the war-torn Kachin State, Myanmar, waves of poor workers flock to dig for jade, dreaming of getting rich overnight. The eldest brother of director Midi Z was among them. With this film, 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 of Myanmar.


2016 Golden Horse Awards - Best Original Film Score, Best Documentary nomination
2016 Vienna International Film Festival
2016 Hong Kong International Film Festival
2016 Taipei Film Festival - Award for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Music)
2016 Berlin International Film Festival


Running Time: 98 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Director: Midi Z


Midi Z

Born in Myanmar in 1982, Midi Z arrived in Taiwan at the age of 16. He studied design and art before obtaining a master’s degree from National Taiwan University of Technology and Science. In 2006, his graduation film, Paloma Blanca, was selected for several festivals such as Busan and Gothenburg. From 2011 to 2014, Midi made three narrative features, including Return to Burma, Poor Folk and Ice Poison; all were shot in less than ten days with a budget lower than US,000. In 2011, Return to Burma was nominated for Busan’s New Currents competition and Rotterdam’s Tiger Awards. In 2014, Ice Poison won Best International Film at Edinburgh Film Festival, Best Director at the Love and Peace Film Festival in Sweden, Best Director and Press Award at Taipei Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Director at Taipei Golden Horse Awards. Moreover, it represented Taiwan at the Oscars’ foreign language film category in the following year.