The Floating Gardens of Inle Lake


The Floating Gardens of Inle Lake

Mr. Sam Forkner


Inle lake is home to the Intha people, who have been passing down traditional farming methods for generations. When visiting Inle lake, visitors can have a homestay with Uncle Umo who will happily show them the techniques he picked up from his grandfather.


Traditional lifestyles are disappearing quickly as modern supply chains move in to eliminate the need for subsistence farming. But it is more than just farming techniques that are being lost. The way of life which comes with getting up with the sun and spending time outdoors is what ultimately leads to cultural expression and by default happiness.

Objectives Aims or Purposes

With this piece, I hope to encourage the sharing of culture. This place and these techniques are unique, but upon seeing them we realize how much in common we all have. It’s a small world after all. The current unrest in Myanmar threatens to close the country to visitors for quite some time.

Process or Methods

This documentary was shot cinematically under very difficult circumstances. On the water, the boat was always moving making framing and focusing hard. Other people on the boat, or nearby, had other work going on which was not part of the filming process. It was noisy and chaotic. The producer and director were arguing constantly. The crew from Myanmar spoke no English and their footage was lost. Ultimately, when back in Thailand, I was able to piece this documentary together from what was left.

Techniques and materials

Cinematography, Editing

Size or Mins.

Film & Video Standard video size. A large stand-alone monitor is preferable. 1920 x 1080 pixels


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