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NEWS: New Filmmakers Shoot To Rekindle Golden Years Of Myanmar Films

9 June 2019

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NEWS: New Filmmakers Shoot To Rekindle Golden Years Of Myanmar Films

A deadly race to find hidden treasure, car chases and slick fight scenes drive the breakneck narrative of one of Myanmar’s latest blockbusters, as a new generation of directors aim to revive the country’s golden era of film.

The Southeast Asian nation used to be a regional cinematic hub before the 1962-installed military junta suppressed creativity, imposed censorship and cut the country off from outside influences.

Myanmar’s opening up since 2011 has so far done little to propel its movie industry – which is preparing to mark its century next year – onto the international stage.

“The film industry is like the country – after 100 years, it’s not in good shape,” says Grace Swe Zin Htaik, 66, who has worked in the business for decades as an actress and consultant.

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