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On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship

Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, 97 min

Denmark, France, 2019

On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship

Myanmar's tragedy presented with an eye for the complexities of power and the devilish details in a film about the hard path to democracy.

For decades, Myanmar was one of the world's most closed countries. The military was heavily in power, and when they finally started to introduce what they themselves called 'a disciplinary democracy' in seven steps, it was with their old enemy number 1 in a leading role: Aung San Suu Kyi. When the Nobel Prize-winning democratic champion was released after almost 20 years of house arrest in 2010, she had for a long time been the symbol of hope itself. But power has its own logic, and old enemies can end up closer to each other than to the people they represent. A complex game which Karen Stokkendal Poulsen's essayistic and insightful film charts with impressive clarity and with a relevance that reaches far beyond the borders of Myanmar. The country's tragedy is not over. Aung San Suu Kyi's own heritage has been tainted by the massacre of the Rohingya minority. The military has not forgotten the past. And the question remains, how - and if - one can build a democracy from scratch? In every tragedy, the devil is in the detail. The same is true here.

Director: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
Original Title: On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship
Country: Denmark, France
Year: 2019
Running time: 97 min
Dialogue: English, Burmese
Category: Dox:Award
Tags: Democracy Rebellion Pioneers Danish 
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Producer: Vibeke Vogel, Valérie Montmartin
Production Company: Bullitt Film ApS, LITTLE BIG STORY
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