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The Lady gets real

Extended documentary about Aung San Suu Kyi comes to UK screens starting today.

Aung San Suu Kyi Lady of No Fear

Aung San Suu Kyi Lady of No Fear

Aung San Suu Kyi is on the news making history in Burma and meeting Hilary Clinton, on the big screen as the subject of Luc Besson’s The Lady, and she’s now is getting the documentary treatment. A new extended version of Anne Gyrithe Bonne’s film Aung San Suu Kyi — Lady of No Fear will have its UK premiere tonight at the Ritzy in Brixton.

It’s timed to coincide with Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize award and International Human Rights Day on Dec 10.

The film includes rare archive footage with an interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, interviews with close friends of hers and her late husband Michael Aris’, and footage of Aung San Suu Kyi a few days after her release from house arrest in November 2010.

After London, there will be more screenings in Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle and Sheffield.

At the Ritzy tonight and at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on Dec 11, the director and BBC Burmese broadcaster Nita Yin Yin May (who knows Aung San Suu Kyi) will participate in post-screening Q&As. On Dec 9 in Oxford, Bonne will be joined by Timothy Garton Ash and professor Ian Holliday.

The film will also be screened via Democratic Voice of Burma (a Norwegian media organisation) in Burma on Dec 10, reactions to which are eagerly awaited.

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