A delivery man unwittingly transporting leaflets on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights could have been arrested in Myanmar not long ago. But this year, for the first time since the end of military rule in 2011, flyers advertising a travelling human rights film festival were freely distributed throughout markets and in the streets of towns across the country.
BOX-OFFICE FRENZY: People clamour for 650 free tickets at the Shwe Hinthar Cinema in Bago. Cinema manager Shwe Hla Tun says the three-day festival was the first of its kind in the town. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF HRHDIFF
Than Sein, a 63-year-old housewife, picked up a flyer for the film festival in her local village market, just outside of Bago.
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