Movie schools, studios vital for film industry development: Union Minister

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and officials observing the preservation of movies and related paraphernalia at the film preservation centre.   Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and officials observing the preservation of movies and related paraphernalia at the film preservation centre.  Photo: MNA

“Films can be developed through coordination and sharing of imaginations, ideas and thoughts of artistes and technicians,” noted Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint in Yangon yesterday.
Speaking at the Film Analysis, the Union Minister said, “The ministry is rendering assistance to the most possible degree for the progress of the movie world, but the main players are its members.”
“Movies involve infrastructure, art, technology and economy, all of which need development,” he explained. He expressed belief that, movies could be developed through learning, training and coordination. As a film community was arranged under this belief, members should effectively realize this goal.
The Union Minister invited suggestions, promising ardent efforts to realize them. A soon-to-be held paper reading session on the significant historical characters would be helpful for the movie industry, he said. He then dealt with the establishment of movie schools and studios which are vital for the development of the film industry.
After, Dr Aung Min, an expert of the film industry explained the Film Analysis, which is a part of Cinematheque Program, Rosetta, a prize-winning movie at Cannes Film Festival was screened. The participants analyzed Rosetta and shared their findings. At the Film Analysis held on 16 September, participants led by Dr Aung Min discussed the film Yi Yi directed by Edward Yang in detail.
Afterwards, the Union Minister inspected the work of preserving the Myanmar movies, plans to set up a film museum and storing of equipment at the film preservation centre of the Information and Public Relations Department in Bahan.
Set up in 1981, the centre, which is also called Film Pitakat Taik, has accelerated its functions since 2017 under the cooperation of Save Myanmar Film.
The centre has preserved 11 Myanmar movies, 51 colour movies, 100 units of documentaries till now. Moreover, it is collecting, recording, protecting and carrying out research on old films and movie advertisements and posters. — MNADSC 0412 1 72

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