UNESCO-listed Mya Ga Naing movie handed over to MOI

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, Director U Kyi Soe Tun and officials accept Mya Ga Naing movie handed over by the Memory Cinema Group. Photo: Zaw Min Lat
Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, Director U Kyi Soe Tun and officials accept Mya Ga Naing movie handed over by the Memory Cinema Group. Photo: Zaw Min Lat

Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint attended the 6th edition of MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival held in Maha Bandula Park in Yangon and a ceremony to transfer Mya Ga Naing movie inscribed by UNESCO at regional level to Ministry of Information yesterday.
First, Memory Cinema Group Chairman and founder Severine Wemaere and Gilles Duvern, MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival patron Daw Swe Zin Htaik explained about the reason for holding the 6th edition of MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival.
Next, Union Minister delivered a speech saying the restored and to be transferred Mya Ga Naing movie was produced by A1 Film director Maung Tin Maung in 1934. In 1970, the film was stored and maintained in the film archive and a new copy made in 1999 to continue maintaining it. It is the most oldest and the last remaining silent movie that was stored by the Motion Picture Development Sub-Department and was not stored in A1 Film as well as any other place.
Similarly, the next movie to be restored and returned is Pyo Chit Lin movie, another legendary Myanmar movie produced by Yangon Movie Production director U Tin Myint.
Pyo Chit Lin movie was not kept in the film archive but was kept by movie expert U Kyi Soe Tun.
It is learnt that France embassy in Myanmar and Memory Film Festival Group cooperated to restore Mya Ga Naing movie in 2015-2016 and Pyo Chit Lin movie in 2016-2017.
At the Memory of the World Register for Asia/Pacific meeting held in Gwangju, the Republic of Korea, Mya Ga Naing movie was inscribed by UNESCO at regional level. Mya Ga Naing movie is an honorable cultural heritage of Myanmar, said the Union Minister.
Memory Film Festival held every year since 2014 enter its fifth year this 2018. At the same time movies shown at the festival was increasing year by year and this is the indication of cooperation between Memory Cinema Group and Ministry of Information.
Myanmar audience were interested and enjoyed viewing Myanmar’s historical heritage movies that were restored and shown at the festival.
The lifespan of Myanmar movie will reach 100 years in 2020.
As the Motion Picture Development Sub-Department was working to maintain movies owned privately, an increase in donating movies were seen.
The documentary films division of the former Myanmar Motion Picture Enterprise was systematically storing news reels and movies in the store but as years passed with increasing numbers of movies it became difficult to store. Construction of a film archive was requested and permission granted so construction was started in fiscal year 1974-75 and was completed and transferred in 1981. The building had since been used as film archive.
Furthermore, for the long term existence of films stored in the film archive, international technical support and assistance is required and work towards obtaining this support and assistance had been done, said the Union Minister.
Afterwards Ambassador of France to Myanmar Christian Lechervy and special guest to the 6th edition of MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival French movie actress Clotilde Courau delivered speeches.
The Myanmar movie restored by Memory Cinema Group were then transferred to the Film Archive of the Ministry of Information through Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint and officials.
Following this, film director Academy U Kyi Soe Tun explained about maintaining Pyo Chit Lin movie.
The 6th edition of MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival is held in Yangon from 9 to 18 November. During the festival period more than 70 Myanmar and international movies will be shown free and movies were shown indoor in Waziya Cinema and movies were shown outdoor in Maha Bandula Park. Mya Ga Naing movie was shown in Maha Bandula Park. — MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)

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