Aung San Suu Kyi- Lady of No Fear


Anne Gyrithe Bonne / Denmark / 2010 / 60 mins, North American Premiere

In English

Portrait of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi since 1988 leader of the nonviolent movement for human rights and democracy in Burma. The documentary Lady of No Fear focuses on her personal life and the immense sacrifices herself imposes its goal. With her peaceful struggle for a democratic Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi follows in the footsteps of her father  Aung San, who negotiated the independence of Burma in the forties and was assassinated in 1947. Ever since she returned to Burma in 1988, she has been a champion for freedom and democracy so desperately sought after by the Burmese people. In the western world, Aung San Suu Kyi symbolizes peace and reconciliation and has received numerous awards for her peace efforts. But who exactly is this woman whose courage is recognized and admired the world over? And why does she prefer house arrest and captivity in Burma over a quiet life with her children in England?  Through old film footage and television appearances, including the 2002 interview with Dutch TV host Sonja Barend as well as interviews with her close family, friends and colleagues, we get to know more of Aung San Suu Kyi: her childhood, her student years in Oxford, her family life with her husband Michael Aris and her children, and her return to Burma in 1988.

First Canadian screening of Danish director Anne Gwnyth Byrne’s acclaimed documentary and 2011 nominee for the prestigious Cinema for Peace Award in Berlin.

The film charts Aung San Suu Kyi’s love story with Michael Aris on which Luc Besson’s feature film “The Lady” was based; her unforgettable journey from Oxford housewife to political leader, international heroine and Nobel Laureate. Friends and  relatives speak intimately about ASSK- the woman, friend, wife and mother faced with the heartrending choice between country and family.


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