Hidden cameras captured Myanmar’s underground punk scene for the film Yangon Calling, which has its UK premiere at the seventh annual Asia House Film Festival (March 27 to 31).

The award-winning documentary was filmed secretly in the former military dictatorship providing a rare portrait of the rebels, their homes, friends, families, and illicit concerts.

This year’s theme is New Generations and there will be an exciting selection of features, documentaries and shorts, alongside a showcase of classic films, screened at Ham Yard Theatre, Rich Mix, The Horse Hospital and the Cinema Museum.

Opening the festival is the European Premiere of Indonesian film In the Absence of the Sun (pictured below), which frames modern metropolis Jakarta as never before and is a bittersweet tale told over a single night.

The European premiere of The Last Reel from Cambodia and the London premiere of Passion from Mongolia highlight the huge changes in the two countries’ film industries and the filmmakers will discuss how individual artistic visions are shaped by economic, political and social realities in a globalised world.

The festival will also host the UK Premiere of Flashback Memories 3D, an unorthodox musical documentary from Japan that focuses on the didgeridoo maestro GOMA, who suffers from an inability to form new memories following a traffic accident.

Details: asiahouse.org/events

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