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ANYEINT troupe Thee Lay Thee will hold a reunion performance in Yangon on Independence Day, comedian Zaganar said last week. (more…)

ROME — A biopic about Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday opened Rome’s film festival, whose organizers quoted the Nobel Peace Prize winner as calling truth and justice bastions against brutality. (more…)

New Delhi – Prominent Burmese comedian Zarganar on Monday, accompanied by comedians Godzilla, Sein Thee and Zee Thee, visited three prisons, donating food, medicine, money and magazines to prison authorities for political prisoners. (more…)

After being released on Wednesday from the remote Myitkyina Prison in northern Burma, the comedian cum activist known as Zarganar was put on a flight back to Rangoon. Within minutes after his arrival at the airport, he was lampooning President Thein Sein’s new “reformist” initiatives, describing them as the equivalent of “applying make-up to a paralyzed old woman and sending her out into the street.” (more…)

The Burmese youth activist group, Generation Wave, on October 9, 2011 celebrated its fourth anniversary of the founding of the organization in Rangoon, Burma. (more…)

Rome — French director Luc Besson’s “The Lady,” about Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, will open this year’s Rome Film Festival, organizers said Thursday. (more…)

A Washington DC-based collective will protest in front of Burmese embassies in the US capital tomorrow to demand the release of jailed poets in Burma. (more…)

Toronto — Myanmar’s revered pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now also a movie protagonist after Luc Besson’s “The Lady” premiered at the Toronto film festival. (more…)

Yangon – A US band is to make a rare appearance in Myanmar this month in the latest sign of a possible diplomatic thaw between the military-dominated country and the West, officials said Friday. (more…)

US street artist Shepard Fairey has created a poster for Luc Besson’s new film, The Lady, about Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, (more…)

If the Western world can conjure up images of Burma, it’s thanks in large part to last year’s Oscar-nominated documentary Burma VJ, which detailed the 2007 nonviolent uprising by thousands of Buddhist monks and ordinary Burmese citizens against the ruling military junta. Constructed from footage smuggled out of the country by leading dissidents, the film is a testament to the revolutionary spirit. But amidst the excitement of such a moment, it failed to show what life is really like for the average citizen when there aren’t historical protests filling the streets. (more…)

Chiang Mai – In order to make a video of a performance, all Burmese traditional dance troupes must perform a full-dress rehearsal in front of censorship board officials three days prior to a performance, according to Myint Thein Pe, the chairman of Myanmar Motion Picture Enterprise (MMPE). (more…)

THE film is jinxed. Due to screen at the Sydney Film Festival today, Dancing with Dictators has been pulled at the 11th hour after a series of calamities. (more…)

After three years in prison, Myanmar hip hop artist Zayar Thaw has been released. He is one of some 50 political prisoners released on 17 May after the government announced all prison sentences were being reduced by one year.  Around 2200 political prisoners remain behind bars in Myanmar. (more…)

One of the handful of political prisoners released yesterday in the much-criticised amnesty has said that little has improved in Burma during his three years behind bars. (more…)

Burma has been rendered in journalism, activism and art as a country of plain dichotomies: good vs. evil, liberty vs. suppression, the saintly Aung San Suu Kyi vs. the brutal monolith of the military junta. By its very premise, Burma Soldier, which airs this evening on HBO, muddies this picture. The documentary’s subject, Myo Myint, is a former soldier who gave his adolescent years to the regime but came in adulthood to join the democratic opposition against it. Says Nic Dunlop, writer-photographer and a co-director of the film with Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern: “Myo Myint’s story is extraordinary because it incorporates victim and perpetrator in a single narrative.” Extraordinary, yes, and yet this project’s greatest strength is its willingness to consider that the lowest ranks of the Burmese army are rife with men as petrified and cynical of the regime as the people they terrorize in its name. (more…)

Hong Kong — Michelle Yeoh says she hopes her portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming movie will raise awareness about the Myanmar pro-democracy leader’s story. (more…)

New York (dpa) – The internet and its social networks have become not only a forum for the world’s free press and newly emerging democracy movements  but also a battleground for repressive governments fighting against them, the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report released Monday. (more…)

New Delhi – The new Burmese government has issued an order banning traditional Thangyat that could ‘undermine the dignity’ of people during the upcoming Water Festival. (more…)

Film tells a tale of city’s Burmese residents through the eyes of one refugee. (more…)

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