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Films from nine member countries of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be screened at the ASEAN Film Festival, which begins on Monday in Rangoon.
The event is organised by the Ministry of Information through their Myanmar Motion Picture Enterprise offshoot.
Three Burmese films will feature at the festival – Kayan Beauty, Kyodan (The String) and Pan Kyar Wuthome (Pollens of a Flower).
Lu Min, actor and chairperson of the Myanmar Film Association welcomed the festival, held in Burma for the first time.
“We have attended ASEAN Film Festivals hosted in other countries and always had the ambition to hold an event like this in our country,” said Lu Min. “We are delighted to host the event.”
He said the Ministry of Information, who will provide tickets to the public free of charge, had chosen the three Burmese films that will feature.
Burma has held international film festivals before, including last year’s “Human Rights Human Dignity” film festival, which confronted the crimes of the former military regime.