The coup is worsening the long-standing tendency to judge cultural output – and film in particular – based on moral convictions.
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For the military government, Myanmar's national performing arts competition was less about the arts than forging a new concept of 'national identity' – one in which ethnic minorities were given only a token place.
A handful of tourism projects around the country are seeking to deliver real benefits to host communities, but national-level policies are still heavily focused on regulations that act as a barrier to entry for smaller operators.