Myan­mar po­lice in­ves­ti­gate home-grown porn film

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Myan­mar po­lice said Wed­nes­day they have launched a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what pro­duc­ers de­scribe as the first high-def­i­ni­tion porno­graphic movie ever filmed in the so­cially con­ser­va­tive coun­try. So­cial me­dia ex­ploded this week when a trailer for the two-hour erotic movie, en­ti­tled “The Vi­o­let of Myan­mar”, was posted on Face­book by the pro­duc­tion com­pany Art of Myan­mar.

On 24 April, the firm said it was proud to have “launched Burma’s first ever HD” porno­graphic film and promised to bring more hard­core ac­tion soon. They later said their Viber ac­count crashed af­ter it re­ceived more than 2,000 mes­sages in 24 hours from ea­ger cus­tomers. But the firm’s Face­book page was taken down two days later and po­lice said Wed­nes­day they had opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pro­duc­tion com­pany. “Myan­mar po­lice are now in the process of in­ves­ti­gat­ing to take ac­tion, es­pe­cially the crime depart­ment,” the head of the force’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment, Colonel Tun Nay Win, told AFP.He added that “the case is con­cerned with tech­nol­ogy” but de­clined to give fur­ther de­tails on what laws the com­pany may have vi­o­lated.

Own­ing “ob­scene” ma­te­rial is il­le­gal in Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity Myan­mar, where many peo­ple are deeply re­li­gious and even talk­ing about sex is of­ten con­sid­ered ta­boo. The ac­tress in “The Vi­o­let of Myan­mar” wears a sur­gi­cal mask and has her face blurred through­out the film.Art of Myan­mar said it had had cost them 400,000 kyat ($300) to make the film, which was in­spired by the pro­tag­o­nist’s bright pur­ple tra­di­tional skirt.

In­ter­net ac­cess has ex­panded hugely since the mil­i­tary junta that ran the coun­try for 50 years handed over power in 2011.

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