The Lady: New film dramatizes life of Burma’s Daw Suu

I’m pleased to hear that The Lady, a new biopic by Luc Besson about cool hero Aung San Su Kyi, is making the rounds of film festivals and cities in limited release. Shambala Sun has a review here.

Burma may be among the world’s most repressive regimes, but it has almost always flown under the radar of American consciousness. The “Saffron Revolution” of 2007, when monks joined anti-government protests, is a notable exception. Southeast Asia isn’t the hotspot that the Mideast is, and drawing neighboring China into conflict over Burma’s natural resources isn’t a strategy that the US can afford. Besides, Western nations have generally “done the right thing” by isolating Burma for its leaders’ appalling treatment of its people.

Aung San Suu Kyi, often called The Lady, stands out among leaders of conscience for the extent of her personal sacrifice and practice of non-aggression. She isn’t the household name that some Nobel Peace Prize winners are, since she has been under house arrest for 15 of the last 22 years and is unable to leave the country to promote its cause. Although she was released from house arrest last year and just this month met with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, there’s no way of knowing if the party she presides over, the National League for Democracy, will ever take control.

A dramatization of ASSK’s inspiring life story is some ways overdue. Yet with some signs of change there, this film is very timely and build of foundation of familiarity with Burma’s situation that will prove beneficial, whenever a critical moment arises.

Update: The US release of the film is scheduled for February 17, 2012.


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