“Love and Liquor” and “Journey to Piya” are two classic Burmese movies. “Love and Liquor,” the first Burmese feature film, premiered in 1920. The movie is a silent film about gambling and alcoholism, and became a success despite its poor video quality.
“Journey to Piya” is a film about a one-day road trip that turns into a 10 day trip, due to multiple breakdowns. The film features scenes that mention country’s socialist economy, which caused the film to get banned by censors.
In 1962, the Burmese government overtook the country’s film industry and applied strict censorship rules. As of 2015, most Burmese films are low-budget home video comedy films.