|Myanmar / Burma:
Musical satire banned
Authorities have banned a video compact disc depicting a traditional performance on the grounds that some of the content is critical of the military government, reports the news magazine The Irrawaddy
The video compact disc is entitled ‘Say Yaung Sone’, meaning “The Colorful”. It is produced by the director known as Godzilla.
The performance on ‘Say Yaung Sone’ the traditional Burmese style called Anyein. It is a form of entertainment that combines music, dance, opera and satirical comedy – a popular part of Burmese cultural life. In the last decade Anyein troupes have been prohibited from performing in public.
A source familiar with the film industry in Burma said that performances on the disc made reference to electricity shortages in the country, problems with public health assistance, Burma’s national football team and the news readers on Burma’s state-run MRTV network.
The Irrawaddy – 29 November 2006:
‘Junta Bans Comedy VCD’