Myanmar rights festival cancels anti-Muslim unrest film

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This picture taken on June 4, 2013 shows the burnt pages of religious books scattered across the remains of a small madrassa on the outskirts of riot-hit Meiktila, central MyanmarCiting fears of fuelling sectarian tensions, Myanmar's human rights film festival said it had cancelled the screening of a documentary about a friendship that crossed religious divides during deadly anti-Muslim violence. Organisers of the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, which is in its second year and counts opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi among its patrons, said they had decided to pull the film after hearing of criticism on social media. "Some people are looking for a cause to create conflicts -- we do not want to be their excuse," said the festival's founder Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi of the film "Open Sky" which was due to be screened on Monday and Tuesday in Yangon. The documentary tells of the friendship between two women, one Buddhist and the other Muslim, as sectarian unrest tore through their central Myanmar town of Meiktila last March.

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