THE 44th Paying Respect Ceremony to Aged Film Artistes was held at Myanmar Motion Picture Organization in Bahan Township yesterday.
The ceremony was attended by the artistes aged over 70, Union Minister for Information U Maung Maung Ohn, Yangon Region Advocate-General U Htay Aung, other departmental officials and film stars.
First, Union Minister U Maung Maung Ohn handed over K10 million donated by the State Administration Council, Director-General U Aye Kywe of IPRD presented K10 million contributed by Information Ministry and other officials gave cash contributions including 10 oxygen concentrations donated by Forever Group and Shwe Than Lwin Company and Tamoeauk Social Welfare Organization to Myanmar Motion Picture Organization.
Then, the Union Minister and attendees to the event paid respect to the old film stars and Academy Award winner Sithu Kyi Soe Tun expressed words of thanks.
Afterwards, the Union Minister made a speech highlighting the appreciation of the Prime Minister on the people from movie, Thabin, music and literacy fields including his instructions to provide assistance in health and social sectors of artistes. The Union Minister also said the artistes are facing difficulties as the industry is suspended during this period. The ministry will support in resuming the art industries and arrange to reopen the cinemas soon.
Then, the Union Minister talked about those who leave the movie industry for various reasons and urged the artistes to work together to promote the industry.
After the ceremony, he cordially met the old movie stars.
The first Myanmar movie ‘Metta and Athura” was screened at the cinema on 13 October 1920 and paying respecting ceremony to elderly movie stars is annually held on 13 October and this year marks the 44th anniversary.