Myanmar 100 Program

2016 – 2020

© Stephen Kelly

The Myanmar 100 Program will take place over a period ending in 2020, at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Myanmar cinema history. The project is developed by the MEMORY! Cinema Association and comprised of three foundational components: Restoration, Preservation & Access.
This Program was launched in 2016 with the restoration of MYA GA NAING (1934), following in 2017 by the restoration of PYO CHIT LIN (1950) and, in 2019, the preservation of an important batch of film related material and the restoration of MHONE SHWE YI (1977).


Country: Myanmar
Date of release: 1934
Duration: 97 minutes
Director: Maung Tin Maung
Production: A1 Film
Cinematographer: U Myat Kyaw & U Ba Thaung
Cast: Daw Myint Myint, U Chit Shwe, U Ba Saw Gyi
Original Format: 35 mm, Black & White, 1.33 format
Music* : Khin Maung
* Silent with intertitles in 1934, music was added around 1954 and dialogues in 1970

The situation of film archives in Myanmar is alarming as most of the films of its glorious past since 1920 were dispersed, lost or time damaged. There are very little films for which celluloid elements are still available (below 20). For some films, DVD were made in the 1990s, but this is not of any help as it is very low definition, not allowing theatrical definition and moreover not enabling any restoration or preservation work.
As MYA GA NAING is clearly the most ancient Myanmar film for which celluloid elements are still available, we’ve decided to launch a restoration, as a milestone. The idea is highlight the very rich history of Myanmar which started in the early 1920s.

This restoration was funded by public and private entities: MEMORY! Cinema Association (France), Cultural Preservation Programme of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany & Goethe-Institut Myanmar (Germany), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) & Swiss Embassy in Myanmar (Switzerland), Cineteca di Bologna & L’Immagine Ritrovata (Italy), French Embassy in Myanmar (France).


English title: MY DARLING
Country: Myanmar
Date of release: 1950
Duration: 80 minutes
Director: U Tin Myint
Image: Color
First release: 1950, King Cinema, Yangon
Cast: Pho Par Gyi, Pho Par Lay, Kyu Kyu
Sound : Originaly mute with cardboards

This film one of the very few Myanmar Classics still in existence. Myanmar Director U Kyi Soe Tun has miraculously preserved at this home a surviving copy of this 1950 comedy. Thanks to those film elements, and despite the absence of orginal negative, a full restoration project was undertaken.

This restoration was leaded MEMORY! Cinema Association (France) and funded by Asian Film Archive (Singapore). The restoration was made by Immagine Ritrovata (Italy).