February 1, 2008

What You Do Not Know About Myanmar

In 2007, the Saffron Revolution broke out in Myanmar. One hundred thousand people took to the streets, demanding a dialogue with the military junta and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. In the end, the government put a temporary stop to the protests through bloody suppression. How do Buddhism and a military regime coexist in Myanmar, a Buddhist country run by a military junta? What does Aung San Suu Kyi represent? What are the prospects for Myanmar’s democracy? How should the international community intervene or help the Burmese people?

About the Documentary

Burma’s Secret War 
A British journalist secretly travels to Myanmar to record the military junta’s brutal rule and the persecution of Karen. He unexpectedly discovers that the United Kingdom, which has previously ruled Burma as a colony, continues to trade with the Myanmar government for its own economic interests. Despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s plea to the international community to impose economic sanctions against Myanmar’s military government, the United Kingdom still becomes the country’s second largest trading partner. 


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