Min Htin Ko Ko GyiMinn Htin Ko Ko Ko Gyi
Htin Ko Ko Ko Ko Gyi is the creator of Human Rights, Human Dignity Film Festival, which takes place from June 15-19 with the assistance of Aung San Suu Kyi and Min Ko Naing. He took part in numerous films and won the award for best documentary at ASEAN 2010 in Hanoi for The Floating Tomatoes.
On June 6th, he met with the Myanmar Times to discuss the news of this year's show and the state of the country medical device industries. I' ve been a moviemaker for 10 years, but I've only made 10 movies and documentaries. Which do you think is your best movie?
And I like my movie Last Poem. So what prompted you to found the Human Rights, Human Dignity Filmfestival? I' ve attended movie fairs in other places like Korea and Laos - the Laos movie fest has been a great inspiration for me. This was about 2010, and there was no such event in Myanmar.
In 2012 I went to a Czech Republic screening of screening of human right movies. What is new for the year? At the first edition in 2013 we only got 54 entries for the contest and we had 14 members of the panel of judges. In this year we got 67 movies and 20 professional filmmakers for the judges.
We only had two movie classes last year: Myanmar and International. International, Myanmar and ASEAN. Do you need authorisation to show these movies? Last year I asked the censorship authorities for approval because the movies weren't only shown in Yangon. We' ve been touring and showing the movies all over the land.
You let me show the movies lightly and you didn't edit any movies or sequences. How do you see the differences between Myanmar movies and movies from around the world? Myanmar's film makers, I think, have to make an effort to survive in the face of global competition. Since my first HRHD festivals experiences, I felt I had to do something for our film-makers to help them get better, and so I organized a 6-week studio.
How is it to work in the Yangon documentaries business? It' still fragile in Myanmar, I think. In my view, the only way to make their income and make their mark is for us to use my experience. What has been the evolution of Myanmar in terms of respect for fundamental freedoms since the idea came to your attention?
In 1988, in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's 1988 address, I heard about the issue of fundamental freedoms. Even though the Act existed since 1948, I haven't found it anywhere in Myanmar. So far I have not seen any changes in terms of supporting the protection of fundamental freedoms, although the regime has been changing and the public knows more about it.
How much of your understanding of humankind do you want to pass on through the music? I' m not an authority on people. I am happy to have established the event when the audience gets inspiration. With my festivities I just wanted to make a room for democracy. I' m not done with my Daw Aung San Suu Kyi doc since 2012 because she's so occupied.
Although my screenplay is ready for a General Aung San picture, I keep rewriting it to make it better. For more information about the Human Rights Human Dignity Festival, 15-19 June at http://www.hrhdiff.org/.