GREENER PASTURES follows three Myanmar migrant workers and their families in their struggle for survival.
Ma Cho and Ko Zaw, the couple living under conditions of modern slavery; Kyaw Moe Win, the 12 years-old boy dreaming of going back to school; and Myint Thein, the restless migrant worker who out of desparation has worked in terrible conditions all over the globe already.
They are three out of three million Myanmar working as migrant workers in Thailand. Through Tin Win Naing’s eyes, we witness how they are exploited ruthlessly through back-breaking farm labour for a daily salary of just 3 USD. And even this salary is not something they can count on. They live in constant fear of the police and are vilified by most Thais. From the economic desert Myanmar, they travelled into modern Thailand where they are deserted of their human rights. Solely dependent on people’s humanity, they are hoping to find greener pastures and a future for those they have left behind.
The filmmaker - a refugee amongst refugees - observes his compatriots in close and empathetic detail. GREENER PASTURES takes us on a deeply felt journey into the hearts and minds of a people who have been tormented by Myanmar's system for decades and who are now mistreated in a foreign home. In spite of this, however, they have emerged as fighters – fighters against despair. We experience how they keep their spirits and culture alive, and never forget how to smile.