While I fully understand why some docudramas just don't connect with the viewing public - too slow, too much filler, too analytical, too over the top - I am surprised that the film version of the San Suu Kyi story as Burma's champion of democracy received such faint praise from viewers. After all, it is about a phenomenon that continues to grip the world in an effort to positively change the way much of the developing world is presently being governed. While covering the struggles of the democracy movement in Burma (aka Myanmar), in its fight against a ruthless military, this film highlights the heroic efforts of its popular leader, the daughter of a former national hero and martyr. As the film shows, she is one fearless individual who stops at nothing to promote the right to have other people's voice heard and recognized in popularly-held elections. Though she gained a large following both at home and abroad, resulting in many prestigious awards for her courage, she paid a price for standing up to the Burmese military. Extended house detention, separation from her family, and the agony of having to choose between freedom and her cause are just a few of the privations dogging this lady's life. Successes will be offset by personal tragedy and setbacks but, through this whole venture, Suu Kyi will achieve her ultimate moment of triumph when the military surrenders the field to the democracy movement. While this film is fairly accurate in specifics and very inspiring in message, it doesn't address where her leadership goes now in the new Burma, and her decision not to support the plight of certain ethnic minorities within the country.
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