Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

The women taking art to the streets of Yangon

As galleries sprout up across Yangon, the women artists featured in experimental documentary For My Art have chosen to take their performances outside into the streets. The film’s directors – Emily Hong, Miasarah Lai and Mariangela Mihai – are members of ethnographic film collective EthnoCine, and have previously worked together on an experimental documentary Nobel Nok Dah, about three Karen women who resettle in upstate New York.

The Myanmar Times spoke to Hong and Mihai ahead of the film screening to find out more about the project.

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Yangon expats used to be civil – what happened?

In the past few years, people tell me, a certain vicious incivility has crept into the Western expatriate community in Yangon. The people residing within this parallel society are more stand-offish to outsiders, more hostile to newcomers, less receptive to friendships with Myanmar people, and more insularly contained within their own groups and networks. How did we get here, people?

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Journalist turned filmmaker makes waves at Wathann

Weekend caught up with documentary filmmaker Kin Su Kyi ahead of the screening of her film "The Red in Red" at the Wathann Film Festival.

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Sometimes, the paint is mightier than the pencil for cartoonists

The Monsoon Art Festival continues its two-month run at the Yangon Gallery with an exhibition of contemporary art from September 9 to 13, titled Pyit Zone, which offers a rare chance to see canvas works by artists Moat Thone, Muu Muu, Ba Htay Kyi and Eikaza Cho, who seldom show their paintings in public.

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Five exercise apps to help you get moving

Fitting in time for a workout between home-and-job-and-home can seem next to impossible. And while there’s a plethora of apps to make you move more and worry less, choosing the right one can be so daunting that it just adds to the burden. Never fear: Here are our top choices, recommended by health professionals and fitness experts.

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Lending a hand to women living with HIV

The beauty and sweetness of the dolls belie the horror in the lives of the women who make them. Those cute Nilar dolls you can buy at Pomelo or Hla Day are handmade by women living with HIV-AIDS.

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Myanmar Tofu: behind the scenes of a beloved snack

The Myanmar Times followed Khin Htwe and Tun Sein, the wife and husband who own a popular Shan noodle stall, Doe Shan Lay, in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, to see how they make their chickpea-based tofu. Who knew making tofu kyaw and tofu ngwe was such hard work?

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Goethe Institut exhibit brings targets to life

“War is the chess game politicians play, and we are the pawns.”

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Singer opens royalty lawsuit

Singer Jet Mya Thaung said in a press conference on September 2 that he will sue FM radio stations, singing competitions and the Myanmar Music Association (MMA) for using 15 of his songs for commercial use without his permission.

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Ancient art and history comes alive at Monsoon Literature Festival

Amidst the humidity of rainy season, writers, historians and avid readers gathered for the third annual Monsoon Literature Festival on September 2-4 at Yangon Gallery.

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