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Once-thriving Myanmar cinema readies for new wave

Independent filmmakers seek to challenge risk-averse industry

The first edition of a new Myanmar film magazine "3-Act," titled "Cinema is not dead, but not alive." (Courtesy of 3-Act)

YANGON -- Change is afoot in Myanmar's now moribund movie industry. Just over two decades ago, the country's current de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was imprisoned by all-powerful military generals and Western sanctions made it nearly impossible to import film reels into the isolated and impoverished Southeast Asian country.

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