Ceremony to mark Mya Ganaing movie in UNESCO listing held

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Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint addresses the ceremony to mark listing Mya Ganaing (Emerald Jungle) movie in UNESCO list in Yangon. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint delivered a speech at a ceremony held at the Motion Picture Development Centre, Bahan Township, Yangon yesterday morning on the occasion of the listing Mya Ganaing (Emerald Jungle) movie in the UNESCO list (region level).
Union Minister said the ministry which is responsible for motion picture is striving toward the development of Myanmar motion picture. In foreign countries, new movies were produced while conserving of valuable old movies is also widely conducted.
Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) under Ministry of Information is establishing a “film library” despite many limitations and difficulties and is conducting film maintenance works, he said.
Due to cooperation with Save Myanmar Film (SMF) formed with youth and experts and related organisations in film maintenance work, Mya Ganaing movie was recognized and listed in the UNESCO list (region level). It is a happy occasion to achieve this success and recognition and would like to thank people and organisations who participated in the work process, said the Union Minister.
Next, a document recognizing Mya Ganaing movie’s listing in UNESCO list (region level) was presented by UNESCO Myanmar national commission secretary Dr. Kyi Shwin of the Yangon University of Foreign Language and it was accepted by IPRD Director General U Ye Naing.
Afterwards, Director-General U Ye Naing explained about development of motion pictures after motion pictures production was changed from a film system to a digital system, reduction in numbers of motion pictures imported from abroad, arrangement made by the State to enable production of more motion pictures, status of establishing a motion picture training school and a movie studio, maintaining of old movies like Mya Ganaing and process of submitting Mya Ganaing movie for listing in UNESCO list (region level) together with Save Myanmar Film (SMF) and thanked all persons and organiations who worked together for the listing.
IPRD Director-General U Ye Naing then presented a certificate of honor to the Save Myanmar Film project director U Okkar who assisted in achieving UNESCO list (region level).
Mya Ganaing movie was restored by the Embassy of France in Myanmar and Memory Film Festival. Ministry of Information and the Save Myanmar Film (SMF) submitted the movie to be listed in Memory of the World during a Memory of the World workshop organized by UNESCO held at Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon in 2017. Two documents recognizing the listing in UNESCO list (region level) was presented to Save Myanmar Film (SMF) project director U Okkar on 6 June this year and it was now being transferred to the owner of the movie, the Ministry of Information.

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