Thursday Nov 08 01:00 PM
Thursday Nov 08 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
THEME: Focus on Burma: The Path to Democracy
Directed by Luc Besson, France/UK, 2011, 132 mins. English and Burmese with English subtitles. Hawai‘i premiere
The director of La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element turns his attention to a gentler, real-life woman—Aung San Suu Kyi. Michelle Yeoh plays this inspirational figure at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Held under house arrest for 15 years, while her husband and activists across the globe worked tirelessly for her release, Aung San Suu Kyi was freed in 2010 and elected to parliament in Burma earlier this year. This year she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize—21 years after it was awarded. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today The Lady reconstructs for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine.
Winner: Cinema for Peace Awards - International Human Rights Award. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival)
See the trailer.
Directed by Jeffrey Hellman. USA, 2011, 3 mins.
Saw Myat Mar speaks about her dedication to Aung San Suu Kyi and the fight for democracy in Burma.
Special thanks to WITNESS for providing this film.
The Power of Words (short)
Directed by Rohitash Rao, USA, 2010, 1 min
Amnesty International supporters have used the power of words to demand freedom and justice for countless human rights defenders around the world. Our words are proof that when you stand up for human rights, you never stand alone. Special thanks to Amnesty International for providing this film.