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Burma's government advisor promises government aid to the film business - Xinhua
Yangon, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi promised the government's backing for the country's continued cinema sector on Friday. Suu Kyi called on Myanmar's filmmakers, the fine art and literature industries to work harder to promote Myanmar and strengthen Myanmar's people.
The Myanmar Movie Pictures Association (MMPA) awarded a series of 12 prizes to prominent local performers for the year 2017 on Friday. Filmakademie prizes were awarded after examining 53 productions last year. CDU/CSU Minister for Information Pe Myint demanded the promotion of the movie industries of the state, produces better qualitiy not only to maintain cinema, but also to raise audiences through screen.
Since 1952, awards have been presented each year by the Filmakademie with the aim of promoting local cinema and enhancing its image.
Tatmadawa "Propaganda" film arouses cash dispute
A new Myanmar army movie directed by the author said he wanted to record the lives of Myanmar's army, but criticisms say it is a bit of propoganda that tries to exalt the Tatmadaw and could influence the peacemaking world. A new movie was released in Myanmar's theaters on June 15.
"Kyuntawto Chitthaw" (Our Beloved) is a quick play documenting the lives of a Tatmadaw military who fights against undisclosed "insurgent groups". It took two years to get to the audience and is made by U Win Saung (Nay Kyar Yine) and financed by two producers, Chan Thar and Red Radiance.
This documentary tells the story of the Tatmadaw military man, Sergeant Mya Toe, who is in conflict between his obligation to the land and his passion for a wife he became acquainted with during his military service. Producers, however, say she is trying to exalt the Tatmadaw picture, especially at a period when she is being criticized for her management of the Rakhine state' crises and the continuing struggles in the Kachin and Shan states.
The film reminds him of the pro-military films that were shown on state TV in the years of regime control, said Ko Nay Aung Paing, a militant scholar. Though he said he did not know what the filmmakers' motivations were, he said the film could influence the peacemaking processes and promote the achievement of the nation's consensus.
Win Saung denies, however, that the film was pro-Tatmadaw-propanda. He said it was financed by private funds and that his motive behind making it was to record how the soldier's lives are for the country's people. However, the film was produced with the support of the army. Prior to coming to the theaters, Win Saung had to present the film to the Department of Film Development in Myanmar, which reports to the Ministry of Information, and the Directorate of Public Relations of the Ministry of Defense.
After the movie was released, Win Saung said the government provided assistance, which included actor education, supply of requisites and location advice. Some of the film's patrons are U Hla Swe, a former member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party. As a proud follower of the Myanmar armies, Hla Swe is known to many as "Bullet" after he said that if an ethnically based gun group denied the "golden hand" of freedom, they would get a ball instead.
According to Hla Swe, the movie reminds him of an episode of the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" in which a group of young women are singing pro-military tunes in the company of belligerents. However, those who have a patriotist spirit will like this film," he said.
Disagreeing pro-peace campaigners say the film could have a detrimental effect on the country's peacemaking processes. A peacemaker, U Saw Min Naing, said the film was an example of sensationalizing the view of one side, in this case the Tatmadaw. Saw Min Naing, one of the sons of a military man and an ethnical Karen, said the film comes at a moment when there is still a "sensitive" reaction to the Tatmadaws' part in Myanmar.