The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 23 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Film festivals pave the way for freedom of expression

He knot of onlookers in the teashop was small but animated as audience members discussed with film-makers the finer points of their work. Sometimes it still looks as if people are still getting used to doing this.

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A face for radio: Actors bring radio dramas to the screen

It is a ritual which, with the arrival of television, has long been forgotten. Families would gather around the radio for the 45-minute drama program, broadcast every evening after the news at 8pm.

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Female directors struggle onto screens

It's not so much “Lights! Cameras! Action!” as sweep, dust and mop, would-be female film directors are finding. Never numerous in the industry except as actresses, women in the movie world complain that men are more comfortable seeing them wield a dustpan and brush rather than a megaphone.

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A flick back to Myanmar’s golden age

In the pre-independence film Nilar Yaung (The Colour of Sapphire), stuntman Chit Shwe would thrill audiences by wrestling with a real crocodile, while Myanmar Aswe Film Company (later renamed A- One) splurged on the 1973 film Japan Yin Thway (Japan’s Offspring), which told an unusual tale about Myanmar pilots.

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The story of Yangon Echoes

Every city should have a coffee table book and now with the publication of Yangon Echoes, Yangon has its first.  As writer Ma Thida recounts in her foreword, while the former capital was demoted by the regime in 2005, Yangon endures as the most populous and ethnically diverse city in the country and thus has been crying out for visual depiction and the recording of citizen’s stories.

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A storm in a tea cup: BBC radio drama to promote ethnic diversity

An everyday story of teashop customers, The Tea Cup Diaries, is being broadcast by Myanma Radio for 26. The series has been produced by BBC Media Action, with support from USAID, and will run for 26 weeks.

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Tradition squeezed as chinlone players vie for space

Playing chinlone is good for you. It can improve general fitness and promote alertness, it concentrates the attention, and develops teamwork skills and a general sense of good-fellowship amid friendly rivalry.

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Pubs toast new hope as craft beer scene brews

Britain's traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanise the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of premises to close every week.

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Bonsai gardener finds inner peace in plants

The garden is small. Miniature, in fact. A dusty lane passes under trees, but though the leaves and the fruit are perfectly formed, no tree is more than 2 feet high.

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Ancient art history not carved in stone

Artist Kyaw Soe Thu's paintings of ancient Bagan clay and wooden carvings will be featured at the “Same But Different” exhibition at Lawkanat art gallery on Pansodan Road (upper block) through May 23.

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