A Meeting of minds has led to a blending of colours and styles at a bi-national art exhibition this week in the Yangon Gallery. It features artists from Myanmar and Bangladesh, whose governments have collaborated for the first time in an event of this kind.
The books, thousands of them, stretch from floor to ceiling. If the librarian thinks not enough people are borrowing them, he will get on his bike and deliver a basketful to readers. There is no charge. In fact, he has been known to pay people to read.
Letter to the President, an upcoming feature film by pseudonymous Myanmar director Wyne, has faced a lengthy delay for approval by the Myanmar Film Censorship Board. According to Wyne, the censorship board’s review has lasted three months – a stark contrast to the usual review time of between two and four weeks.
No Word for Worry is a feature-length documentary about a young Moken, one of Myanmar’s indigenous tribes, whose members traditionally spend their entire life at sea. It is directed by the Norwegian Runar Jarie Wiik. The documentary is one of the impressive entries in the Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival which ended on June 18.
The third Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival drew to a close on June 19 with the awarding of the seven prizes. The event, which was first staged in 2013, took place at Yangon’s Nay Pyi Taw and Waziyar cinemas.
Scenes reminiscent of a Rakhine childhood are to be displayed to the art lovers of southern France. Artist Than Kyaw Htay will stage the solo art show Silent Sweat in Avignon, France, from June 20 to August 20.
William Friedkin, the US director who made the Oscar-winning movies The Exorcist and The French Connection, is dismissive about the flood of superhero and sci-fi movies that have taken over today’s box office.