|Aung San Suu Kyi|
first and foremost, as the political opposition leader at the center of
20 years of social unrest and turmoil in Burma.
What many do not know
is that she started out as a British housewife in the upper echelons of
Oxford society before she went back to her oppressed homeland and joined
the struggle for freedom.
Since her return she was held under house
arrest for fifteen out of twenty-one years, during which she had minimal
contact with her family and closest relations.
a close-up view of the freedom fighting woman Aung San Suu Kyi and her
husband, her “knight in shining armor,” Dr. Michael Aris, who died on
his 53rd birthday in 1999, still unable to see his wife. Together, they
gave up their normal life and marriage for the cause of freedom in
Burma. She comes across as charming, determined, and stoical in her
decision to fight for her country at the expense of her family. The
focus is on the personal consequences of such powerful idealism and
conviction that the current regime can be toppled by peaceful means. The
film is a tribute to the woman at the heart of the rebellion, her
steadfast husband and supporter, and not least to Gandhi’s vision of
non-violent civic resistance.