State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards event last night in Yangon, during which she presented awards for outstanding Aachievemnt in film and the arts.
“Duty is very important. If everyone, including parents, sons, daughters, teachers, students, artistes, and the audience fulfil their duties, our country will have no requirements. No country can compete with a country of dutiful people” she said.
The State Counsellor made the remarks in her speech delivered during the Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards Presentation Ceremony for 2017, which was held at Myanmar Event Park (MEP) yesterday evening.
“In today’s world, there is much talk about rights, but there isn’t much talk about duty. This is the present situation in the world. If our country has equal rights and duties, we will be better off than other countries. If not physically, we can be mentally better off. By being mentally better off, we can raise the physical standards step by step. I would like to urge our artistes to value themselves, value their art and value the country,” added the State Counsellor.
In 2017, some 53 Myanmar movies were released, and of these, the 15 best were nominated for Academy Awards. Before the start of the ceremony, the artists, accompanied by the Myanmar national orchestra, entertained the audience with music.
The Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards Presentation Ceremony for 2017 started with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech.
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint delivered an opening speech, followed by a speech from Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation Chairman U Zin Wine.
The 2017 Academy Awards were then presented, beginning with the special lifetime achievement award presented to Sithu Bogale Tint Aung by the State Counsellor.
The ceremony was attended by the State Counsellor, Vice President U Henry Van Thio’s wife Dr. Shwe Hlwan; union ministers Dr. Pe Myint, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Dr. Win Myat Aye and Nai Thet Lwin; Peace Commission Chairman Dr. Tin Myo Win; Yangon Region Chief Minister Dr. Phyo Min Thein; Yangon region ministers; members of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization, Thabin and Music Asiayone; artists; 2017 Academy Award nominees and winners; judges and other invited guests.
Last year, some 10 awards were presented. During the 63-year period from 1952 to 2016, about 398 awards have been presented.