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Myanmar Diaries won three prizes in Berlin

Petr Lom and Corinne van Egeraat


ZINDOC's new feature documentary MYANMAR DIARIES by the Myanmar Film Collective won three awards at its world premiere last week at the Berlinale:

The Berlinale Documentary Award comes with a prize of 40 000 euros and makes the film eligible to be submitted to the 2023 Academy Awards.

We congratulate the other Panorama Dokumente Audience Award Winners, 1st Place: Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm (Love, Deutschmarks and Death) and 2nd Place: Nel mio nome (Into My Name).

Many thanks to the Berlinale for an extraordinary world premiere.
(photo: © Brigitte Dummer)


Myanmar Diaries reveals the truth about the military regime's use of cold-blooded brutality against its people...this superb film develops its own artistic poetry. The images and sounds of this tragedy inevitably burn themselves into our minds.
Documentary Prize Jury Wang Bing, Rana Eid and Susanna Schule

An impressively investigative and deeply courageous film...The world needs this film.
Amnesty Award Jury Eva Meckbach, Franz Bohm and Ines Wildhage
One of the ten anonymous filmmakers from the Myanmar Film Collective. (photo: © Brigitte Dummer)
(photo: © Alexander Janetsko)


Myanmar Diaries has also won the inaugural Tony Elliott Impact Award, awarded by TIME OUT and Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London. The film will screen there at the end of March. This is a 30 000 GBP award for generating impact with the film. 
The jury of Rufus Elliott, Phil De Semlyen, and Anna Smith writes: 
It's a truly arresting cocktail of nail-biting storytelling, guerilla inventiveness, raw courage and filmmaking craft. From the remarkable opening shot, which encapsulates the surreal confusion of an unfolding coup better than a hundred dialogue scenes ever could, to the guttural scenes of violence and trauma, it shines a bright light on repression and authoritarianism. It doesn't request the viewer's focus on this still-unfolding crisis, it demands it.


- Powerful stuff, politically and artistically. CINEUROPA
- Risking their lives to expose atrocities in Myanmar. - DEADLINE
- Chronicles life under a dictatorship in harrowing detail. - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
- An urgent denunciation of human rights abuses and a thought-provoking work of art. - SCREENDAILY
- Anonymous citizen journalists paint a harrowing scene. - VARIETY
- A powerful and poetic chronicle of a year of rising violence. MODERN TIMES REVIEW
***** A courageous statement. - RBB KULTUR
- We are close, very close to the protagonists, even if you never see a face. - DER TAGESSPIEGEL
- Powerful images, powerful testimony. - BERLINER ZEITUNG
- Daring to bring a harrowing cry for help to the big screen. - RADIO EINS
- Protest and resistance from the people's perspective. - DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR
- Documents the growing harshness of repression in the country. - REUTERS
- An extraordinary film. RBB
- Like a message in a remind the world: we are still here. -ARD



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