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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Zarganar
When Burmese filmmaker Htun Zaw Win decided to make a short comedy about the tragically bizarre process of getting movies made in his oppressed homeland, he knew exactly what to base it on: real life.
A civil war between Myanmar's army and Christian rebels in the Asian nation's northernmost state is threatening the military-backed government's efforts to normalize relations with the West.
Activists in Myanmar say it is still too early to lift Western sanctions on their country, despite an ongoing thaw in the relationship between the U.S. and Myanmar.
Artists in Myanmar are testing new freedoms through films shown at a festival that for the first time in the country's recent history were not censored.
Myanmar freed an outspoken critic and a major ethnic rebel as it began releasing 6,300 convicts Wednesday in its latest liberalizing move, but it kept several political detainees behind bars, dampening hopes for a broader amnesty.
Myanmar's newly elected civilian government announced Tuesday it will release more than 6,300 prisoners in an amnesty that could help patch up the country's human rights record and normalize relations with Western nations.
He called on Thein Sein to sign an unconditional release of all political prisoners and said the reforms were nothing more than a "beautiful facade."
"We have been released, but we are not free," Zarganar, who uses only one name, said in an interview in Washington last week.