The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.