Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

‘Filmmaking is just like playing a game of football’

As the curtain went down on the Israeli Film Festival this week, Weekend caught up with director Oded Davidoff to talk about his journey from footballer to filmmaker.

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An age-old problem

Old may not necessarily mean tired for Yangon’s elderly, but with spending cuts and a shortage of medical care, the challenge of an ageing population looks set to increase.

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White Balloon Day to raise awareness of child abuse

Forget 99 red balloons: On December 18 Yangon will see more than a thousand white balloons released into the sky to promote a call to action over the abuse of children in Myanmar.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: A sleek addition to the main fleet

Felicity Jones’ fugitive, hunting for the plans to the Death Star, is a tousled-but-game female lead – just one of many classic Star Wars motifs in Gareth Edwards’ exhilarating spin-off.

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Female rap group Y.A.K will likely split in 2017

32-year-old artist Thazin Nyunt Aung, by most of her fans simply known as Thazin, has had a busy month. Half of hip-hop duo Y.A.K – “Yangon Always Kingdom” – Thazin Nyunt Aung and her partner Aye Aye Aung, have been performing nonstop. But this could be over soon, as the women of Y.A.K move on to other things in the beginning of next year.

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Pyin Oo Lwin artists feature pastoral paintings at Mandalay gallery

Though Pyin Oo Lwin is well known abroad as a tourist destination adorned with flower gardens and waterfalls, the town, much like it’s neighbour to west – Mandalay –is its own hub of arts and culture.

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Myanmar pastry chef whips her way into Bangkok competition

From the sushi-burrito to Korean barbecue tacos, “fusion food” – combining two or more different cuisines – has whetted many appetites in its rise over the past decade. Though it's often associated with the West, “fusion food” is a global phenomenon – take a tea lef and chocolate combination, the creation of chef de partie at Hilton Ngapali Resort & Spa, Chef Moh Moh.

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Inside Yangon’s skateboarding movie trilogy

Documentary filmmaking is often a one-off job. You film, connect with a community, and move on to the next fascination. But for filmmakers, James Holman Alex Pasquini, and skater, Ali Drummond, who first came to Yangon in 2009, filmmaking was just the beginning of what has grown into a full-on movement to support the city’s up-and-coming skateboarding community.

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Yangon streets celebrate heritage

The streets of downtown Yangon were filled even more than usual over the weekend as the Yangon Living Street Experience Project drew thousands of curious visitors.

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A “Nexus” of old and new

The title of Ahla Thit Gallery’s new exhibit – “Nexus” – is very fitting. “Nexus” is a collaboration between Aung Aung Taik and Nandar Maung – two very different artists who developed their craft in two very different worlds.

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