Funfairs to mark Bogyoke’s birthday

The opposition National League for Democracy in collaboration with many performers will hold funfairs to mark the centenary of Bogyoke Aung San’s birthday in Yangon for three days beginning on Union Day, February 12.

General Aung San’s Birthday Organising Committee held a press conference at the Royal Rose in Yangon to describe the proceedings.

Where puppetry meets cinema

Myanmar and Japan artists are joining forces to make a feature film about traditional Myanmar puppetry. Based on a classic puppet song entitled “Sone Nant Thar Myaing”, “Sorrow” will be co-directed by Zarganar and two leading Japanese producers.

Photo exhibition explores Gen Aung San’s legacy

To mark the centenary of Bogyoke (General) Aung San’s birth, which falls on February 13, a 5-day exhibition of rare photos of Gen Aung San was staged at the offices of the National League for Democracy (NLD) on Strand Road in Mawlamyaing Township, Mon State. The photo exhibition will be hosted on a rotational basis by different regional branches of the NLD across the country.

Traditional craftsmen given technical and financial support

Selected craftsmen from six regions will be provided with technical and financial assistance by  the “From Craft to Art” project in an effort to lift the standard of traditional handicrafts.

Waziya II cinema to undergo digital conversion

Waziya Cinema II in Hlaingthaya Township, on the outskirts of Yangon, will undergo a three-month makeover as a digitally equipped three-screen mini theatre.

When the cinema reopens in April, Zaw Min of Mingalar Cinema Group and the organisation's Administration, Distribution and Exhibition layer will take over the operation of Waziya Cinema II from the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation (MMPO).

From corner kick to self-censorship

In light of last month's attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo‘s Paris offices that left 12 people dead, the French Institute of Myanmar held a discussion followed by a workshop on editorial cartooning in Yangon on January 23.  Noted cartoonist Kyaw Thu Yein, one of the panelists at the seminar, shares his personal thoughts on how far editorial cartoonists can go within the justifiable boundaries of press freedom in this exclusive interview with Myanmar Eleven

Mudras Calling' to hit local cinemas

Zen plays an American-Myanmar researcher returning to the land of his birth in search of his parents, roots and romance. (Photo - Mudras Calling Facebook)

Myanmar-American film-maker Christina Kyi's debut feature film "Mudras Calling" is expected to be released to local cinemas soon. 

The film centres on Jaden, a young American-Myanmar, returning to Myanmar in search of his roots and biological parents. While researching into Myanmar traditional music and dance, he falls for Hnin Thuzar, a beautiful graduate in classical dance of the University of Culture.  

Myanmar receives offer to host Miss Universe 2015

Miss Universe Organisation has offered Myanmar to host the Miss Universe beauty pageant, according to the local beauty pageant organisation.

"When we went to compete in the 63rd edition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant in the U.S, we received the offer. The main reason is because we have successfully hold Miss Universe Myanmar beauty pageants for two consecutive years since 2013," said Soe Yu Wai, national director of Miss Universe Myanmar organisation.

New TV drama spotlights the judiciary


The country's first courtroom drama titled "The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth", which attempts to shed light on the judiciary and the rule of law in Myanmar, has been given permission to air on MRTV every Friday, 9.30pm, starting from February 13.

Directed by film-maker Aung Ko Latt, the TV series will cover eight legal issues including land rights, communication between workers and factories, human trafficking, defamation, wrongful dismissal from work and fraud.

The art of distorting reality

Photo manipulation has now become part of the published reality these days. While publishers of newspapers and glossy magazines alter photos all the time for justifiable reasons, unscrupulous image specialists are doing more than just removing blemishes caused by dirty lenses and improving colour balance.  These nefarious online activities have made the digital realm a minefield for the unwary.