27.10.2022 I 7 pm I Myanmar Diaries I DenkmalWerkstatt (Kupfergasse 2)

Filmscreening ‘Myanmar Diaries’ (2022) followed by a talk with Nyein Chan May, co-founder and first chairwoman

German Solidarity with Myanmar Democracy e.V and one of the filmmakers

Film: 70 Min, Burmese with English Subtitels

“MYANMAR DIARIES is built up of short films by ten young anonymous Burmese filmmakers, combined with emotionally harrowing citizen journalism documenting the junta’s brutality, as well as courageous resistance to it. The film shows how Myanmar goes from the military coup to nation-wide protests and civil disobedience, to barbaric repression where thousands of peaceful protesters are imprisoned and murdered, to a growing popular armed revolt against this monstrous military junta. Moving organically back and forth between documentary and fiction, the film offers a seamless flow in which the filmmakers find innovative creative ways to keep their protagonists anonymous. An extremely urgent film in a time when Myanmar has almost disappeared from the news headlines around the world.

Myanmar had long been one of the worst dictatorships in the world, ruled by a brutal military since 1962. In 2012, the military began to loosen its grip on the country, and Myanmar went through a ten-year long fragile democratic transition of expanding civil and political freedom, and an economic boom that this opening brought with it. All this came to an end on February 1st 2021, when the military took over in a coup. The military had just lost the country’s second election since the democratic transition in an overwhelming landslide. It proceeded to arrest the entire democratically elected government, including state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi who is currently on trial. All independent media were closed and the Internet periodically cut off. Enormous peaceful protests against this repression began, as well as a nation-wide civil disobedience movement (CDM) of strikes and refusal to cooperate or collaborate with the military regime, which continue to this today. The military responded with brutal repression, arresting, torturing and killing thousands of protesters. And escalating its cruelty to unparalleled barbarism. This cruelty has only mobilized a population into an ever-growing popular armed insurgency against the regime.

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The entrance is free of Charge.

The room is accessible by wheelchair. Barrier-free toilets are unfortunately not available.