Aung San Suu Kyi films air on HBO

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Two films about the Burmese icon of democracy and Nobel Peace Prize winner will air on HBO as part of Women's Month

STRONG WOMAN. Two films about Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will air back-to-back on HBO in celebration of International Women's Month

MANILA, Philippines – HBO in celebration of International Women’s Month is airing two films about one of the most compelling women in recent history: Aung San Suu Kyi.

On March 24, Sunday, starting at 10pm, HBO will air films “The Lady” and “Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice” back-to-back.

“The Lady” stars Malaysian international star Michelle Yeoh as the icon of Burmese democracy who was kept under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 years because of her opposition to the government and her position as leader of the National League for Democracy.

'THE LADY.' Michelle Yeoh plays Aung San Suu Kyi while David Thewlis plays Suu Kyi's husband Michael Aris

The film is directed by Luc Besson who also helmed the movies “Leon: The Professional” and “Joan of Arc.” It focuses on the story of Suu Kyi and her husband Michael Aris (David Thewlis who also played Remus Lupin in the “Harry Potter” series ).

They were separated from each other when Suu Kyi decided to stay in Burma to continue being a symbol for her people. Despite their distance from each other and the hostility of the regime, their love remained true.

The screenplay, written by Rebecca Frayn, is based on interviews with key figures in Suu Kyi’s life.

Watch the trailer of ‘The Lady’ here:

 


 

Another compelling tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize winner and symbol of women empowerment is the film documentary “Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice” directed by Angus Macqueen.

It depicts moments during Suu Kyi’s 15-year house arrest with covert footage and interviews filmed before her release.

 

HOPE OF A PEOPLE. Aung San Suu Kyi in a still from 'Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice.' Screen grab from YouTube (lianlilianli02)

“Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice” will air right after “The Lady” at 12:10am (March 25). – With reports by Pia Ranada/Rappler.com