Documentary gets on board with myanmar's changing youth
Film-makers capturing the emerging skater culture in the country show that after years under military rule, the nation's young people are ready to be heard and their voices are louder than ever
The "skate or die" mantra of many skateboarders takes on a new meaning in Myanmar. A few years ago, it would have been almost impossible to freely skate down a public street in Yangon, when the name of skating legend Tony Hawk was as foreign to many as Barack Obama.
RIDING HIGH: Thu Wai performs a kick flip in Yangon.
But after the recent visit by the US president, a group of 15-20 local skaters have banded together in celebration of this Western youth culture. And they, and much of the country's burgeoning youth culture, have been captured in the documentary Youth of Yangon. With seemingly impeccable timing, the film-makers have touched the essence of the new Myanmar in the infancy of its reforms, just as new youthful voices are being heard for the first time.
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