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Myanmar Film Heritage Project

2016 – 2020

© Stephen Kelly

The Myanmar Film Heritage Project 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.
The two first were launched in 2016 with the restoration of MYA GA NAING (1934), following in 2017 by the restoration of PYO CHIT LIN (1950)


MYA GA NAING (1934)

English title: THE EMERALD JUNGLE
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

Context:
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.



Partners:
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).