Séverine Wemaere and Grace Swe Zin Htaik
Memory International Heritage Film Festival, Myanmar
P4P Medium Grant Recipient
Press and Arts for Democracy – Journalism and Research Programme
Led by Séverine Wemaere and Grace Swe Zin Htaik this project will study the sometimes-ambivalent relationship between politicians and the media in Myanmar. The research will be conducted in partnership with the Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI) and the MEMORY! International Film Festival (MIFF) over the course of several months. At the core is a two-week workshop during which Myanmar students will conduct interviews, gather data about the reception of the festival programming, process, comment, and analyse the responses of audience members—as well as their own—to the theme “Freedom of the Press and Democracy”. By launching this new research initiative, Séverine and Grace hope to contribute to a culture of independent journalism and to mobilize a critical engagement with politicians and cultural policies.
Duration: October 2018 to June 2019
About MEMORY Film Festival
The 6th Edition of MEMORY International Film Festival (9th-18th November 2018) took place in Yangon, Myanmar. (The 5th edition is available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq2FVJTcy5I)
The MEMORY Film Festival was first held in Yangon in 2013. The Festival has established a base in Myanmar, which is rich in cinema history dating back to the 1920s. It aims to bring to the Myanmar public the kinds of films that were difficult to access for several decades in this country. By looking at these films, viewers experience rich histories and see movies as both popular and an inspiring art form that reaches across eras and nations. Movies are journeys through time, space, and history. The MEMORY International Film Heritage Festival provides a critical research setting that assembles together censorship and popular culture, journalism and media studies, global cultural production and local audiences, as Myanmar re-emerges socially and politically onto the world stage.