Army’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ in Myanmar
The military and its brutal behavior have been global since the coup last month. The commander is now fully back in charge, and Tatmadaw, as known to the military, has turned his guns on the public, who have waged a nationwide civil disobedience movement.
But there is a long legacy of military atrocities that have created a ubiquitous fear in Myanmar.
During the past three years, Tatmadov has waged a war against ethnic rebel forces in three states, Rakhine, Shan and Kachin, displacing 700,000 Rohingya Muslims. Survivors and witnesses narrated the expedition to us, Including murders, systemic rape and abuse. Men and boys were often used by soldiers as human shields.
In October, Saidul Amin, a 28-year-old Rohingya man, was fishing when he and other soldiers were rounded up. “We were ordered to walk in front of the soldiers,” he said. “It seems that they wanted us to shield them if someone attacked.” He was hit by two bullets.
Quote: “It’s an army with a heart of darkness,” said David Scott Mathison, an independent analyst. “It is an unattainable institution.”
Context: In Tatmad, cruelty is condensed. It first came to power in 1962, stating that it had to protect national unity. For decades, it has fought to control parts of the country inhabited by minority groups that are rich in jade, timber and other natural resources.
Finance: Tatmadaw gained revenue from a lucrative trading empire, Reports to the BBC.
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Last month, Apple TV + released “Billy: The World’s A Little Blurry”, a documentary that featured the rise of singer Billy Ellisch and the making of his Grammy-winning debut album. It follows other recent documentaries about pop stars including Justin Bieber, Beyoncé and the girl group Blackpink.
The artists or their labels helped produce all these films, promising an unpublished glimpse into the lives of the artists. It is not quite what they deliver.
Is celebrity Long used Documentaries to manage their images, even when the production team is technically independent. Music labels are often included in documentaries, in part because “directors have very few choices: films about musicians require music, and licenses can be prohibitively expensive,” Danny Funt Columbia Journalism Review writes.
Perhaps the best way to approach celebrity documentaries is to enjoy them: carefully constructed entertainment. In Illish’s case, the documentary often feels “almost conservative, like a nature film”, Times critic John Carmanica Writes in review. Still, they say, “There is nothing but a sense of security in this footage.”
As simran goose Writes in The Guardian, “Artists continue to use documentary form as a shorthand for truth – but this truth is still another construct.”
It is for this briefing. see you next time.
Wet Moser, Carol Landry and Amelia Nyenberg contributed to today’s briefing. Sanam Yaar wrote the back story. Theodore Kim and Jahan Singh provided a break from the news. You can reach the team Briefing@nytimes.com.
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