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Stephen Kelly – The Legacy Of Ohn Maung


In 1920, Ohn Maung founded Myanmar’s first film studio, the Burma Film Co. and made the country’s first feature film titled Myitta Ne Thuya (Love & Liquor); a tale of how alcohol and gambling ruined a man’s life. It was screened at the Royal Cinema on Yangon’s ‘cinema row’ and was hugely popular, becoming an instant local hit. It was also the spark that ignited Myanmar’s film industry, setting it on a path to become one of the most important and industrious, but also most troubled schools of cinema in Asia. This was due to the constant political turmoil and...

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