Myanmar Film Collective Netherlands, Myanmar, Norway 70 mins M18 (Mature Content) Southeast Asian Premiere
Following Myanmar’s military coup in 2021, locals resist and negotiate life in a regime of terror.
Following the Burmese military junta’s coup in February 2021, civilians are plunged into a reality where state-sponsored violence is rife. Comprising footage recorded by locals telling of their lived experiences, this hybrid documentary is an account of the emotions post-coup for the ordinary Burmese: alienation, frustration, despair, shattered hopes and betrayal.
Yet the diverse ways in which civilians resist the junta—through mass protests, civil disobedience, local organising and even the formation of anti- junta self-defence militias—show their creative forms of agency. Myanmar Diaries depicts their struggle against a regime of terror, which continues today, so that the world will not forget them.
The Myanmar Film Collective
The Myanmar Film Collective consists of young Burmese filmmakers and European film professionals who continue making films as creative resistance in the wake of the military coup. Myanmar Diaries premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale where it won the Documentary Award.