DOXA Documentary Film Screening - Myanmar Diaries
Myanmar Diaries is a film of distinct hybridity, fusing fiction and fact in a way that feels nothing short of revelatory. Filmed in the aftermath of Myanmar’s military coup on February 1, 2021, the film combines the scripted works of 10 Burmese filmmakers, whose short pieces merge with harrowing documentary footage of the military takeover, as the junta’s brutality increases in the face of nation-wide protests and civil disobedience. We move between the real and almost-real, shifting from thoughtful criticism to an individual’s litany of curses against the army general. Our protagonists are, of course, anonymous; so too are the filmmakers, whose creative mandate is not only protective, but a reflection of the subjects they represent. Myanmar Diaries is a striking cinematic call to attention from The Myanmar Film Collective—collaborative in approach, innovative in form, and unapologetic in stance. -DB
Justice Forum 2022 is presented in partnership with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.