Where's BurmaSo where' Burma?
Light, camera - but where is the action?
It' not Cannes or Venice, but the Golden Rooster Hundred Flower Filmfestival is China's biggest cinema - and it is the best expectation of Burma's filmmaking community for this year' s world-renown. One of three locations selected by Burma to present a new publication that at least pleases the local audience, the China Hainan Islands event.
Made with a $160,000 dollar bill, Sea Mist was shown at the South Korean Gwagjun Filmfestival in July and is on the programme of the coming Indian filmfestival. The three-year history of Burma's filmmakers struggling against severe criticism, funding rigour and poor technology to get their movies onto the world' screen is not a poor record.
This is one of five Myanmar film productions to be shown abroad this year, albeit with varying results. She competed at home with the historic poem King Kyan Sit, which also appeared in Malaysia and Singapore. The King Kyan Sit, inspired by the lives of King Kyan Sit Thar, who reigned the antique Pagan from 1084 to 1113, was made with the help of a Malay company and was one of the first Myanmar subtitled British feature film to be released to an external public.
While romanticizing his theme by making melodramas and even slapsticks from an important period in Burma's story, the locals especially liked King Kyan Sit. However, the audience in Malaysia and Singapore was not so impressive and the movie failed there. King Kyan Sit had his own critic even at home. A Rangoon journalist said King Kyan Sit is one of the most popular films in Burma's movie business, but still not good enough to be shown abroad.
Burma's sixtieth Independence Day: Where is independence?
COMMENT Burma's sixtieth birthday of independence: Where' s your sovereignty? These are the words of Burma's first ever chairman, Sao Shwe Thaike, in his January 4, 1948 Embassy of Liberty. So what did the sixtieth year of Burma's 2008 Independence bring? Unfortunately, little of it can be found in the land today.
Conversely, a few month after Burma's liberation from almost 100 years of UK domination, a catastrophic conflict erupted between the Burmese regime and local and ethnic groups of rebels. From then on, the conflict has persisted in the state. Approximately 10 years after the liberation a violent putsch took place, which virtually excluded any genuine opportunity for liberty and wellbeing.
Since then, the army has the reigns of authority firmly under control. Over the past 60 years Burma has had the opportunity to build a good economic and democratic government, but it has been doomed. Instead, our nation has dedicated its energies to struggle and dissension on the basis of different ideological policies. There are few things to be proud of today in Burma.
Everyone in the whole wide oceans knows something about Burma, but it's mostly against it. The present army régime will not weaken its policy towards opposing groups. She is still the only Nobel Prize winner in custody under 12 of the last 18 years of home imprisonment. With its handpicked representatives, the Junta will blindfully pursue its seven-step roadmap to what it describes as "democracy.
Its infamous jails will remain home to many of the best men in the state. More than 1,000 persons are currently being wrongly detained as prisoner politicians. Disidents who have long since escaped the countryside are still refused the right of comeback. Build-up fire in the hearts of the Myanmar tribe against Burma's army rule will not be put out and is likely to rekindle in another riot such as that of a monk in September 2007.
On the international scene, the US and the EU should exert more international policy pressures and specific policy sanction. However, do not hope that the pressures to alter the persistent attitude of the general will set in motion real civic conciliation for the peoples' sakes. Where is Burma going in terms of the economy? Myanmar will never face a lack of clients for its physical assets.
Cities such as China, Thailand and India will still be ignoring domestic human rights questions while doing dealings with the regime. Burma's oil export performance will be in excess for the next two years, but imports will increase, partially due to the increasing price of oil imports, the EIU said.