The inaugural Myanmar Democracy Week Film Festival will be held this September, the Ministry of Information has announced.
This festival will both examine and celebrate democracy – an event that would have been unthinkable in Myanmar just a few short years ago. Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint said it will begin on the International Day of Democracy (15 September) and end on the International Day of Peace (21 September).
“I am really glad that the government has created a festival like this,” said artist Pan Gyi Soe Moe who sits as the chairman of the Film Search Committee.
“We all want democracy. I think it’s great to make movies that look into living in a democracy,” he said.
Pan Gyi Soe Moe’s vision is to have “a good impact on the public” through films about the reality of Myanmar’s burgeoning democracy.
Instead of emphasising past events such as the 1988 student movement, which he argues is “moving backwards,” the festival aims for a nuanced portrayal of the present and a glimpse of what is to come.
President of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization (MMPO) U Lu Minn said that films will be shown that “are different from the past”.
A number of films will be produced by the Ministry of Information in addition to projects from other companies such as MRTV 4 and Skynet. Festival planning began in December last year when there was an open invitation in newspapers to submit stories about democracy.