Launched in 2016, Myanmar 100 is a program which will end 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. 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.
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 (1970).
MHONE SHWE YI
English title: SWEET MOON
Director: Win Oo
Date of release: 1970
Cast: Win Oo, Aung Lwin & Khin Than Nu
Color: Black & White
This film is one of the four Myanmar Classics’ copies owned and stored by the Arsenal in Berlin. Thanks to this 35mm copie preserved a digitalization was undertaken.
This digitalization was leaded MEMORY! Cinema Association and made by immagine ritrovata in Paris from print kindly lent by Arsenal – Institut for Film & Video Art (Germany)