Contemporary Women Filmmakers in Myanmar: Reflections on a Visit in February 2019

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Vitali, V. 2020. Contemporary Women Filmmakers in Myanmar: Reflections on a Visit in February 2019. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. 11 (1), pp. 78-91. https://doi.org/10.1177/0974927620935754
AuthorsVitali, V.
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Existing accounts of Myanmar’s film industry available to English speakers are more than twenty years out of date. Opening with a brief overview of cinema in Myanmar since 2000, this article is based on a recent visit to the Myanmar Motion Picture Development Department and the Yangon Film School, on conversations with staff, students and alumnae of these institutions and of the National University of Arts and Culture, and with local independent filmmakers. The purpose of my visit was to begin the groundwork needed to answer basic questions: Who are the women making films in Myanmar today? Where are they trained? What are the conditions in which they work? What kind of films they make? How do they fund production? How do their films circulate? And finally: Is there a women’s cinema in Myanmar? What follows thus outlines the context in which women in Myanmar make films today and introduces the work of a small number of them. I conclude with reflections on three short films: A Million Threads (2006, by Thu Thu Shein), Now I am 13 (2013, by Shin Daewe), and Seeds of Sadness (2018, by Thae Zar Chi Khaing), two of which can be found online (at http://yangonfilmschool.org/___-free-yfs-film/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX0LUZQcMCQ).

JournalBioScope: South Asian Screen Studies
Journal citation11 (1), pp. 78-91
ISSN0974-9276
Year2020
PublisherSAGE Publications
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As accepted for publication in BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies: Vitali V. Contemporary Women Filmmakers in Myanmar: Reflections on a Visit in February 2019. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. 2020;11(1):78-91. doi:10.1177/0974927620935754.

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