Myanmar Democracy Film Festival kicks off nationwide

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Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint delivers an opening speech at the ceremony for the Myanmar Democracy Film Festival at the Thamada Cinema in Yangon on 15 September. Photo: MNA

Opening ceremonies for the Myanmar Democracy Film Festival that included a ribbon cutting were held yesterday at the Thamada Cinema in Yangon with Dr. Pe Myint, Union Minister for Information, Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education, U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region, U Myo Myint Maung, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information and Bogalay Tint Aung, patron of the Myanmar Film Association in attendance.
Dr. Pe Myint, in his opening remarks, stressed the significance of the event.
“Today being World Democracy Day, the Myanmar Democracy Film Festival convenes for one week. As Myanmar is making concerted efforts to build up a democratic nation, we would like our people to keep democratic spirits in their minds, so an arrangement had been made with the help of artists to produce a film which can spread the democratic spirit among the people, in consultation with reliable artists. September 15 is World Democracy Day, and September 21 World Peace Day.
Being UN-designated days, starting from September 15, the Myanmar Democracy Film Festival has been arranged for one week. Five films will be screened at 47 cinema houses across the nation.”
“On September 18 and 19, a variety concert consisting of film stars, vocalists and entertainers will perform at the National Theater. On September 20 and 21, 8 Anyeint troupes will contest for a championship,” Dr. Pe Myint said.
U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region, Sithu Bogalay Tint Aung, patron of Myanmar Film Association, U Lu Min, chairman of Myanmar Film Association and U Zaw Min, managing director of Mingalar Company also made speeches.
The Union Minister and party watched trailers of the five films.
“Glittering With Gold in the Sunlight”, designed for teaching world; “Thara Saw Hti”, “The Great Myanmar”, “The Day with Blue-Sky” and “Demo Yat-kwet (Ward) and ”.
The party then departed for JCGV (Junction City), where the Union Minister, Chief Minister, U Myint Htwe, Director-General of MRTV, U Lu Min, Myanmar Film Association chairman and Mr. Ryu Seong Soo, CEO of JCGV, opened the ceremony by cutting a ribbon.
“Films, music and performing arts are generally enjoyed by most people. Performance artists will survive for ever, in some form.
At this opening ceremony, I would like to express my thanks to the cast and the makers of the films. We value their capabilities.
Simultaneously, we want to express our acknowledgement to the entrepreneurs who systematically developed the industry.”
U Phyo Min Thein, artist Soe Moe, patron of the Myanmar Film Association and Daw Sandar Htun, CEO of JCGV, then gave words of thanks.
In the afternoon, Dr Pe Myint, U Phyo Min Thein, Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Yangon Region Minister for Kayin ethnic affairs, U Myo Myint Maung, Permanent Secretary and responsible person from Nawaday Cinema House opened the ceremony held at the Nawaday Cinema.
At 47 cinemas across the nation, including Yangon, five movies will be screened five times per day.
On September 20 and 21, eight Anyeint troupes will compete for a championship.

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