It is a scene dubbed from a pirated copy of Baraka. Even by seven a.m. the sun has already provoked Hlaing Thar Yar bus station, west of Yangon, into an angry arpeggio of discordant activity. The taxi driver takes both hands from the wheel, looks at me in the rear-view mirror and makes an ill-formed [...]
For one reason or another – most likely because the roads are unpredictable and in very poor repair – buses in Burma tend to arrive at their destinations well ahead of schedule, at least in the dry season. They also – again for reasons that are not necessarily obvious – tend to arrive at their [...]
Football is incredibly popular in Burma, second only to Buddha. This match, on a field of dust and the occasional determined weed, in Nyaungshwe, Burma, was played between two teams of novice monks, some wearing t-shirts supplied and sponsored by UNICEF and many playing without shoes on a hard, stony pitch.
In the eighties, Mandalay’s Moustache Brothers rode to fame on the coattails of the popular success of the facial appendages from which they took their name. Nowadays, they perform what they purport to be a comedy show in Mandalay, Myanmar, to an audience made up entirely of Western tourists. They each pay roughly a tenth [...]