Investing in popular culture to support an inclusive transition to peace and reconciliation

From March 2014 to October 2016, with funding from the European Union, we implemented an arts-based project that combined theater, television, and film in support of Myanmar’s peace process, working with local partners in four project areas (Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, and Mon).

We started with a detailed conflict mapping, which identified key conflict drivers and narratives, leading to capacity-building trainings for actors and media professionals. These individuals collaborated on a series of media projects, including four short films, a radio drama, and a 13-episode television drama series, The Team Myanmar.

Using a combination of mobile screenings, community dialogue sessions, participatory theater, and social media, we engaged communities in conversations around core messages of identity, diversity, peace, and reconciliation. Drawing on Search’s global expertise using media and culture for peacebuilding, this project introduced new creative tools for conflict transformation in Myanmar. Our participants continue to use them in their daily work and lives.

Our work in popular culture in Myanmar continues with the ongoing development of an innovative youth-focused radio talk show in collaboration with MRTV.

Myanmar EU Briefer
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