Aung San Suu Kyi

*Disclaimer – clip contains some violence

The Lady, Luc Besson’s recent film about Burmese leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is incredible. Aung San Suu Kyi’s story is one of courage, persistence and sacrifice. Actress Michelle Yeoh captures her impeccably, having watched hundreds of hours of footage of Suu Kyi and learning Burmese to prepare for her role. Mr. Besson took great care to insure the film’s historical accuracy. He must have done a good job, because one of the Burmese extras who was present at Suu Kyi’s 1988 speech began to sob during the filming of the same speech because it seemed he was re-living that historic moment again. He wasn’t the only one crying – I cried throughout the entire movie (and even now I have tears streaming down my face, just from watching the preview).

Good things are happening in Burma. In 2010, Burma’s oppressive military dictatorship allowed elections which led to a civilian government that has begun making some reforms. Elections are now scheduled for April of 2012 and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be running for Parliament. Let’s just hope that this time if her party, the National League for Democracy is elected, they are acutally permitted to serve!

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