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Saw Min Maw vs. DHL and Myanmar Customs

POWER OF PLAY SHOOT: DAY3

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The good news? The One World Futbols arrived in Yangon. The bad news? The value of the balls were reported erroneously which triggered the day long anything over $500 will result in the Myanmar customs office keeping the package in question for at least the next decade debacle. Despite Saw Min Maw’s valiant efforts to encourage (bribe) the officials, the futbols will not be allowed to enter the country.

But fear not, in the true Rec spirit of always being able to “figure something out”, we’ve pivoted and reconcepted the shoot in order to utilize the 5 balls that we brought with us (thank goodness we brought them) to tell an even more powerful and precise story.

The power of government red tape is no match for the power of play.

And it’s on tomorrow at 4:00am.

It’s 1:00am in Burma

POWER OF PLAY SHOOT: DAY 2.5

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As we flew from Seoul to Yangon, this CNN story was on constant loop a good portion of the 5 hour flight. Recently a cyclone went through Myanmar causing extensive flooding nearly all over the country.  Though this one wasn’t nearly as destructive as Cyclone Nargis back in 2008, many people have died and thousands are displaced.  As I write this from Yangon, this city anyway seems to be business as usual. We’ll see how the families in the village where we are shooting up north are faring.

Shout out to Saw Min Maw’s friend Yan for the late night airport pickup.

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South Korea (aka 70% there)

POWER OF PLAY SHOOT: DAY 2

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Not there yet.  Almost.  5 more flying hours.  Until then, I’ll use this opportunity to rant briefly about US airports and lounges.  I really don’t know why the rest of the world puts up with us.  Incheon is a lovely place where around every corner is a quintet or a traditional Korean performance of some kind.  It’s almost like Disneyland.  I keep waiting for them to clear the walkways for a parade. I think a quintet would make O’Hare a much more tolerable place, but nothing will fix the United Club there.

The Asiana Business lounge (really the only reason I fly United all the time is to be able to get into non-United lounges) is equally as lovely.  Self-service beer on tap, wine, noodles, fried rice, a grand piano, Cokes (I got one for you Jack) and the nicest public restroom I’ve ever seen. I don’t usually post pictures of toilets, however…..

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We are going to enjoy this pampering for a couple of more hours.  Next post from Yangon.

Code Name: Pantheon Group

POWER OF PLAY SHOOT: DAY 1

Our journey and adventure begins at SFO. In 20 short (hopefully) hours we’ll land in Yangon, Myanmar to film a documentary on the power of play and the impact something as simple as a ball can have on someone–both physically and mentally. We hope to capture the fundamental and universal spirit of play through the eyes of rural Burmese families.

Many thanks to Bridge Myanmar and One World Play Project for the preproduction help leading up to today. Will do our best to give daily updates.

Todd and Saw Min Maw

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