Asia Series Vol.2: Myanmar “Roundabout in Yangon”
Film & Talk Events

Each year, F/T focuses on one country in the Asian region. The 2015 festival is showcasing the diverse contemporary arts scene in Myanmar. In addition to the main theatre, installation, video, music, and performance works, there is also a packed program of related events. These include screenings of the acclaimed “The Monk” (2014), directed by The Maw Naing, who is part of the “Roundabout in Yangon” showcase.


Myanmar: The Basics (talk)

Date 11/3 (Tue) 16:00
Venue Hotel Grand City Restaurant Saison
Guests Katsumi Tamura (Executive Director, Graduate University for Advanced Studies; Professor Emeritus, National Museum of Ethnology)
Rina Igarashi (curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)

Tickets ¥500 (priority to reservations, includes soft drink)

Myanmar is today experiencing rapid growth as foreign investment pours in due to the recent shift towards democratization. F/T’s second Asia Series program turns to examine this new and exciting scene through the work of three artists. This talk will provide an overview of general social issues in Myanmar, as well as the nation’s unique puppet theatre and other traditional arts, and the arts in Myanmar today in the context of Southeast Asia. The guest speakers are cultural anthropologist Katsumi Tamura, an expert on Myanmar culture and history, and Rina Igarashi, who has a long association with the arts in Myanmar and Southeast Asia.
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Myanmar Film Screenings

“The Monk” (screening & talk)

Date 11/18 (Wed) 18:00
Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Atelier East)
Guests The Maw Naing (film director, poet, performer)
Aung Min (screenwriter, doctor, film director)
Tickets ¥500 (priority to reservations)
Language Myanmar language with English and Japanese subtitles (film)
Myanmar language with Japanese interpretation (talk)

As part of the Asia Series Vol.2: Myanmar “Roundabout in Yangon” showcase, F/T is screening a selection of films from Myanmar. “The Monk” is the first fiction film directed by The Maw Naing, who is also presenting work at “Roundabout in Yangon”. The screening features a talk with The Maw Naing and screenwriter Aung Min about the film (in Myanmar language with Japanese interpretation).

3 Recent Films from Myanmar

Dates 11/20 (Fri) — 11/23 (Mon)
Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Atelier East)
Tickets ¥500 (priority to reservations) Ticket valid for 2 screenings on same day
Language Myanmar language with Japanese subtitles
(“The Monk” also has English subtitles)

The second part of the Myanmar film screenings accompanying the “Roundabout in Yangon” showcase of contemporary arts in Myanmar present three recent films, introducing various aspects of Burmese society and culture. The Maw Naing’s “The Monk” (2014) is screened again, along with two documentaries: one about the effects of a natural disaster, “Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing”, and another about traditional music, “Beauty of Tradition — Under the Sky of Yangon”.

Screening Schedule

11/20 (Fri) 18:00 “The Monk”
19:45 “Beauty of Tradition — Under the Sky of Yangon”
11/21 (Sat) 13:00 “Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing”
14:45 “Beauty of Tradition — Under the Sky of Yangon”
11/22 (Sun) 13:00 “The Monk”
14:45 “Beauty of Tradition — Under the Sky of Yangon”
11/23 (Mon) 18:00 “Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing”
19:45 “The Monk”

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