Mystic Ball (2007)





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Chinlone is a sport that's popular in Myanmar, the nation once known as Burma. Chinlone is played with a ball made of woven straw as a circle of six participants try to keep the ball in the air using their feet and their knees, all without the use of their hands; some have described it as resembling a mixture of dance, tai chi and hackey sack. While Chinlone is one of the national pastimes in Myanmar, it's all but unknown in North America, but Greg Hamilton, a native of Toronto, learned about the game and now not only plays on a regular basis in Canada but even travels to Myanmar several times a year to take place in competitions with the nation's top players. Hamilton shares his fascination with a sport best known on the other side of the globe in Mystic Ball, a documentary he wrote and directed which deals with his fascination with the game and the many ways in which it differs from popular North American sports. Mystic Ball was Hamilton's first feature film.
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Black Tie Productions


Critic Reviews for Mystic Ball

All Critics (2)

Tt opens a window on a remarkable world that few of us knew existed, and for that -- and for some of the amazing juggling and acrobatics on display -- it's memorable.

May 22, 2007

Greg Hamilton takes his love of art many steps further, eschewing his instrumental work for the beauty, grace and vision required to engage in the no-winner game of chinlone.*

Full Review… | June 28, 2006

A game that is not played competitively, nor to showcase the skills of individual players

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
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Full Review… | September 22, 2006

Audience Reviews for Mystic Ball


The film is strongest when it is focusing on the Burmese Chinlone players. Greg Hamiliton's narration is at times quite annoying, and his own journey never seems as compelling as those of the other players that we only glimpse. That said by the end one finds oneself rooting for "Mr Greg" and happy that he has found joy in this sport, seeing as his life seems to have been missing something up until his discovery of it. What the movie does best is in shedding light on this aspect of Burmese culture. So often Burma is only looked at in terms of its oppressive government, and it is important to see the joy and the love that the Burmese are able to find in life.

Nannina G
Nannina G

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