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Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle for democracy - Wikipedia

In 1991, The United Nations awarded Aung San Suu Kyi the Nobel Prize for Peace, however she could not accept the prestigious award as she remained under house arrest. Her son, Alex bravely accepted the award on her behalf and she remained under house arrest for 15 of the last 21 years. The Lady is a film about her love story and a realistic portrayal of her peaceful struggle for democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi in person - Wikipedia

Director, Luc Besson went to great lengths to create this daring insight into Burma's history. He visited Rangoon, Burma's capital, where he shot clandestine footage to make the film and the crew reconstructed Aung San Suu Kyi's home in perfect detail. Actress, Michelle Yeoh spent 200 hours watching live footage of Aung Sang Suu Kyi and even learnt Burmese in order to play the lead role as authentically as possible. Her political speeches were so convincing that Burmese actors had emotional outbursts on set.

The film has relevance today, as Aung San Suu Kyi and her political party, National League for Democracy (NLD) won 43 of the 45 seats in the Lower House in Parliamentary elections on April 1st, 2012. However, NLD have recently announced (23rd April 2012) a boycott of Burmese Parliament due to a disagreement over the wording of the oath of office - so the struggle continues.

The Lady is a moving and educational film, which leaves you in awe of the sacrifices Aung San Suu Kyi made for her country. With Council elections coming this weekend, I came away with renewed appreciation for my right to vote and live in a functioning, peaceful democracy.
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