Myanmar Classic Movie 2016The Myanmar Classic Movie 2016
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Myanmar's first surviving movie, "Mya Ga Naing" (The Emerald Jungle), and its ascent to fame internationally is perhaps as unlikely as the victory of its leading character over Python and Bandit with his naked hand. Restoring a 1934 black-and-white movie known for its high-octane crowd stunt, such as a hot-air baloon getaway and a teak thief shooting in the jungles, has spurred Myanmar's effort to save its decayed heirloom.
Myanmar's first surviving movie, "Mya Ga Naing" (The Emerald Jungle), and its ascent to fame internationally is perhaps as unlikely as the victory of its leading character over Python and Bandit with his naked hand. "The Mya Ga Naing", initially a movie with a silence to which was later added songs and print titles, is the oldest one found so far.
Years of languishing in the State Archive before for a year in Italy experts carefully retouched the movie picture by picture and in 2016 showed the renovated one. "The classic also performed at international conventions in Singapore, Thailand and Switzerland and enjoyed frequent performances at home in Myanmar. Whilst almost all early films have been forgotten, the success of the resurrection of "Mya Ga Naing" is driving a move to save what is left.
Maung Okkar was horrified to discover in 2012 that some of his family's originals were irreparably destroyed, while others in his storage room were asleep. "After an education in conservation and archival technology in Italy, he founded "Save Myanmar Film" in 2017 with a group of film-makers.
About two thousand visitors saw an exposition and demonstrations of the group in May this year in Yangon's representative former parliament house, and a third movie is planned to be restored. "We can see our story, our ancestors, our identities and our moralities.