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Myanmar’s First LGBT Film Fest A Success

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The &Proud LGBT Film Festival was the first ever film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. This three-day film fest at the French Institute in Yangon was a huge success with great turnouts. It showcased many films and documentary from Asia including films from Myanmar. Everyone here at Tagu Films is proud to be one of the official partners of this fabulous event.

 

The use of Myanmar subtitles in the films featured at the event made it very accessible for the Myanmar audience that came to the show. We believe it was one of the key features of the film festival that made it so successful.

 

We are also thrilled to have Khun Minn Ohn’s debut documentary Kings & Queens, a film that shows a glimpse into a LGBT community in Yangon, featured in the film festival. It was a great pleasure to have new audience viewing our effort and to meet old friends who were involved in making of this film. This event has renewed our determination to showcase more about the LGBT lives through our work.

 

Myanmar still has a lot of work to do in terms of accepting LBGT individuals and offering the rights they deserve as its citizens. But it was encouraging to see the LGBT community in Yangon coming together to celebrate with such enthusiasm.  

 

Now &Proud plans to hit the road and show the films all across Myanmar. We wish them more success on their journey and hope to work together again for next year’s edition of the festival.


Obama Mentions Tagu Films Producer in His Speech

President Obama talks to ASEAN youth at the Yangon University.

 

On his second visit to Myanmar this week, American President Barack Obama gave a speech to ASEAN youth at the Yangon University. In his speech, he mentioned our producer Lamin Oo as a young leader doing important work for his country through documentary films. Here’s an excerpt from the speech:

 

“Your generation has a greater potential to shape societies than any generations that have come before because you have the power to get knowledge from everywhere. And you have more sophistication and experience than your parents or your grandparents…

 

Lamin Oo uses his power to tell the stories of his fellow Burmese. He studied at Gettysburg College in the United States. The transformation he watched unfold through Facebook inspired a return home and make award-winning documentary about the plight of Burmese farmers. And he says, “my country has be closed so long that there are a lot of stories to be told.” So you, young people, have the chance to tell those stories….

 

There is so much to build here. In countries this, it is critical that you get involved in that way.”

Everyone here at Tagu is proud of Lamin. And we are once again reminded of the gratitude we owe to the honest and courageous farmers who shared their stories in making of This Land Is Our Land, our documentary about the struggles of Myanmar farmers.

 

This is also a testament to the major role that documentary-filmmaking plays in our country and the hard work of all the Myanmar independent filmmakers in this transitional period.


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