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.

Remembering Myanmar’s national hero

Myanmar is in festive mood this month as this year marks the birth centenary of Bogyoke Aung San, which falls on February 13, regarded as National Children’s Day.  

A multitude of cultural festivities – being staged chiefly by the National League for Democracy (NLD) in places like Yangon and Natmauk, Aung San’s birthplace – continue to capture the imagination of the public in the run-up to the big day.

'Side Glance of Dragon' to screen at Asians on Film Festival

Noted film-maker Wera's documentary “Side Glance of Dragon” has been selected for screening at the Asians on Film Festival to be held in the United States. 

"My film got an honourable mention for Best Cinematographer at the festival. Maung Maung Thar Myint is the film’s director of photography. I'm proud of his creation as well as the fact that we worked on this film together," said Wera.

A star with a cause

Actress-cum-singer Chit Thu Wai has received recognition for her acting skills and choice of films and direct-to-home videos known for their unconventional plots. Her excellent acting in the recently released direct-to-home-video “Hna Lone Thar Ka A Naing Ya Twar Taw A Khar” (“When the Heart Wins”) has won high praise from the audience.

Human Rights filmfest to tour Natmauk

The Human Rights Human Dignity Travelling Film Festival will be held from February 12 to 13 at Sutaungpyae Payagyi monastery in Natmauk, the birthplace of Bogyoke (General) Aung San to mark the centennial of his birth.

MMPO under fire

The 19-member executive board of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation voted to re-elect Lu Min as chairman for a second term on Tuesday.

"We have re-organised the executive board today. All of the positions were selected through a voting system," said Aye Kyu Lay, one of the vice-chairmen of the MMPO, adding: "Some positions have three candidates, but selection was based on a vote."