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Myanmar Diaries
Directed by Myanmar Film Collective
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MYANMAR DIARIES is comprised of short films by ten young anonymous Burmese filmmakers, combined with emotionally harrowing citizen journalism documenting the junta’s brutality, as well as courageous resistance to it.

The film shows how Myanmar goes from the military coup to nation-wide protests and civil disobedience, to barbaric repression where thousands of peaceful protesters are imprisoned and murdered, to a growing popular armed revolt against this monstrous military junta.

Moving organically back and forth between documentary and fiction, the film is a seamless whole in which the filmmakers find innovative creative ways to keep their protagonists anonymous. MYANMAR DIARIES is extremely urgent film in a time when Myanmar has almost disappeared from the news headlines around the world.

“Stirring… An urgent audiovisual symphony… MYANMAR DIARIES is the rare work that captures the now of a historical upheaval, pleading to us to pay attention before a brutal present congeals into the past and determines the future.” —Devika Girish, The New York Times

“A defiant act of creative resistance.” —Screen Daily

“Despite the lo-fi aspect of all of the segments, they are connected in an admirably consistent way and have a well-built chronology and dynamics that keep the viewer not only engaged, but genuinely moved, at times also flabbergasted. If the news won't show Myanmar, cinema will, and it has the power to create empathy and awaken humanness in audiences numbed by the mainstream and social media.” —Cineuropa

“Chronicles life under the junta in harrowing detail.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“A remarkable piece of guerilla filmmaking.” —Timeout

“A testament to the courage and tenacity of the Myanmar people who continue to protest and resist the junta... [Myanmar Diaries] serves as a wake-up call that no one should take their freedoms or civil liberties for granted.” —Educational Media Reviews Online

“Many of us remember hearing the first news of the coup in Myanmar, but tuned out over the years. Myanmar Diaries allows a handful of anonymous filmmakers to criticize the military dictatorship they now live under [in a] fantastic collection of guerrilla films.” —Video Librarian

Best Documentary, Berlinale Panorama 2022
Chantal Akerman Experimental Documentary Prize, Jerusalem Film Festival 2022
Best Director Award International Competition, One World Film Festival 2022
MoMA Doc Fortnight 2022
Human Rights Watch Film Festival London 2022

70 minutes / Color
Burmese / English subtitles
Release: 2023
Copyright: 2022

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Subject areas:
Asia, Southeast Asia, Comparative Government, Political Science

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