Southeast Asian cinema

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Southeast Asian cinema is the film industry and films produced in, or by natives of, Southeast Asia. It includes any films produced in Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Southeast Asian cinema is a sub-section of continental Asian cinema, which in turn comes under the umbrella term of World cinema, a term used in some anglophone countries to describe any foreign language films.

The far east as a cultural block includes East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

Key figures






  • Min Htin Ko Ko GyiBurma Film director and founder of the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival. (Beyond the Dream and The Last Poem)
  • Kyi Soe TunBurma's most prominent director. His films include Upstream and Blood.





See also

Further reading

  • Contemporary Asian Cinema, Anne Tereska Ciecko, editor. Berg, 2006. ISBN 1-84520-237-6
  • Southeast Asian Independent Cinema, Tilman Baumgärtel, editor. Hong Kong University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-988-8083-61-9

External links

  • - Manila-based scholarly journal on Southeast Asian cinema.
  • Asian Film Archive - Singapore-based organization founded to preserve the film heritage of Singapore and Asian cinema.
  • EngageMedia - Social and environmental focused documentary film in Southeast Asia.
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