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The History of Burmese Cinema from1920 to the Present Day

     
     
  1920  
     
    – The country’s first film, The Funeral of U Tun Shein, is released.   It is directed by U Ohn Maung. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1932  
     
    Ngway Pay Lo Ma Ya, Burma’s first sound picture is released. It is directed by Toke Kyi in Bombay, India. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1936  
     
    Parot U Sunnys Dou Daung Lan (Our Peacock Flag) is released.   It is banned by the British authorities. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1937  
     
   

– Student leader (and future Prime Minister) U Nu directs the political drama Boycott, which stars other student leaders such as Aung San and Htun Ohn. [MORE] [ADD]

     
    Tin Maung directs Aung Thapyay (The Triumph of Thapyay) about the final days of King Thibaw, Burma’s last monarch.   The colonial governemt does not permit it to be screened in cinemas.  [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1947  
     
   

– At a celebration of the silver anniversary of Burmese cinema (held two years late because of the war), Gen Aung San urges Burmese actors and directors to ‘serve the country with their talents.’  [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1949  
     
    – Filmmakers capture scenes from the battle for Insein, when Rangoon is under siege from Karen rebels. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1952  
     
    – Burma holds its first Academy Awards ceremony, modelled on the Hollywood version.  [MORE] [ADD]
 
     
     
  1954  
     
    Aw Meinma! (Oh! What a Woman), the directorial debut from writer U Thu Kha, is released. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
   
  1956
   
   

Films of Note

   

 

   

Bawa Thanthara (U Thu Kha[MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1962  
     
    – The rise to power of a socialist government heralds an age of strict censorship and control of film scripts. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1989  
     
   

– The national film industry is privatised.  [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2008  
     
    Rambo (2008)
     
  5/2 - Bootleg copies of Sylvester Stallone’s latest Rambo film flood the market in Myanmar (Burma), the location for the film’s story. [MORE]
     
     
     
  2011  
     
  Jun -

Actress Michelle Yeoh is immediately deported upon her arrival in the country, reportedly because of her leading role in Luc Besson's forthcoming film The Lady in which she plays democracy fighter Aung Sung Suu Kyi. [ADD]

     
     
     
     
     
     

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