Local films look to return to the silver screen

Filmmakers in Burma are slowly producing movies again, in a country once under strict military rule and government censorship.

Since the quasi-civilian government started to introduce sweeping reforms, there has been an explosion of news media but filmmakers have been more reticent to touch on sensitive subjects, such as politics or corruption, that were formerly off limits.

In the 1950’s, Burma’s film industry was booming and it was free from state or self censorship.

Now the country produces only 20 films per year and they’re often shot in a couple weeks or even days rather than over the course of one or two years.

But producers say it will take time for the industry to be as successful as it once was.

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