Monday, August 21, 2017

Censors prove a damper, ban Rakhine documentary

Myanmar's censors have barred a documentary on festering religious tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a film festival organiser said last week, highlighting deep sensitivity over a conflict that has bedevilled Myanmar’s new civilian government.

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Yangon film festival :Testing the waters

Local film directors, hampered by budget constraints and resources, have taken the omnibus route to reach their audience and ‘’Psycho Zero,’’ which will have its opening screening during the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Yangon starting tomorrow, is the first fruit of their labour.

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Who you gonna call? Ghost Hunters

Imagine spending the early hours of the morning in a deserted Yangon colonial-era building or perhaps all alone in a local cemetery.

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Volunteers determined to clean up Yangon

Let’s face it, Yangon is a wonderful city, but it’s also an open-air rubbish dump. For tourists this is an inconvenience, for residents this is a daily curse.

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Toddy climbing business faces fall

It takes a great deal of bravery to climb up one of the 50 metre toddy palm trees outside Mandalay.

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Temporary tattoo painters of Bagan move centre-stage

Bagan, already famous for its pagodas and temples, is gaining recognition for an art form all of its own. Alongside the better-established and more prosperous mural arts and lacquerware products, can now be found painters on skin.

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Chin Pasung Sayar facing extinction

Asho Chin – one of the ethnic Chin hill tribe people – live in remote villages located mostly in the west and southeast of Magwe Region. The traditional culture of these people who live in the Rakhine mountain range in the west of Magwe Region of central Myanmar and in remote areas by the foot of Bago mountain range in the southeast of Magwe Region is at risk of fading away.

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THAIFEX 2017 Opening up new horizons

Asia's leading F&B exhibition, “THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2017”, ran from May 31-June 4 at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center (Muang Thong Thani) in Bangkok. It was the 14th edition of the exhibition noted for showcasing new products and innovations in the industry.

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Secrets and dangers: gay Yangon’s online dating scene

As a gay man in Yangon, there are very few places for me to meet fellow gay men. The city has no gay bars and hardly any public gay events.

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De Chann’s solitary journey

For De Chann, the question of gender wasn’t always so clear cut.

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