Notable Burmese films include "Love and Liquor" (1920), the country's first silent, fictional film; "Money Can't Buy It" (1932), the first Burmese sound film; "Tear of Pearl," a Cold War-era propaganda film; and "Nargis - When Time Stopped Breathing" (2010), a well-received documentary addressing damage caused by Cyclone Nargis.Continue Reading
The cinema of Burma, now known as Myanmar, has been transformed drastically over the course of the 20th century. Since its inception in 1910, Burmese film has served both as a means for artistic expression and as a tool of government propaganda. Ohn Maung recorded the country's first film, footage of a politician's funeral, and went on to make the lauded silent film "Love and Liquor" (1920).
Burmese film companies flourished in the 1920s and 1930s, attracting the attention of American film distributors, such as Fox of America. The 1940s and the Cold War era saw the government's influence on Burmese cinema. Pro-British and later pro-Kuomingtang force' propaganda were fed to the Burmese people through newsreels.
As of 2015, the country's cinema remains closely scrutinized and censored. However, contemporary Burmese filmmakers often screen their films independently or abroad to circumvent the censors. There is also a heightened interest in cinematic education at the university level.Learn more about Art & Literature