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Myanmar/Burma: How censorship shaped an artist

30 September 2014

In this 5-minute video film, an artist offers a peek into the underground of Myanmar where artists are taking their non-violent fight for freedom of expression to the streets.

“They destroyed our art in a very ruthless way.”

A young graffiti artist in Myanmar was censored for using the orange colour – associated with monks by the regime – when he started out as a young arts student and made paintings of landscapes. The censors said the painting was “political” and it was removed from an exhibition.

“Censorship is still happening. I have very horrible experiences with censorship,” he states in the video interview.

Since the production of this film, the situation is reported to have improved for artists in Myanmar, though censorship remains a problem for many artists.

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The video was produced by the Turning Tables Myanmar film-makers Khin Thehtar Latt & Lin Thet Naung.


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