Aung San Suu Kyi – Lady of No Fear
Jointly presented with the Asia Society Hong Kong
Friday, 15 June 2012
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong (Map)
HK$180 Asia Society members/ full-time students/ Oxford University alumni;
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi is known first and foremost as the political opposition leader at the center of 20 years of social unrest and turmoil in Burma/Myanmar. Yet what many do not know is that before returning to her homeland in 1988 and joining the struggle for freedom, she was living a quiet life in England with her husband, Oxford academic, Michael Aris. Having been placed under house arrest for 15 years and with little contact with her family and closest relations, the documentary Lady of No Fear offers a close-up of Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris who died in 1999 on his 53rd birthday, still unable to see his wife. Together they gave up their normal life and marriage for the cause of freedom in Burma/Myanmar. The film – directed by Anne Gyrithe Bonne – is a tribute to the woman at the heart of the rebellion, her steadfast husband and supporter, and her adherence to non-violent civic resistance. Lady of No Fear offers a strong and fascinating glimpse into Aung San Suu Kyi’s life and portrays some of the consequences her freedom struggle has had, not only for her, but also for her closest friends and family.
Post screening discussion with Oxford academic Peter Carey, colleague and friend of Michael Aris and Ian Holliday, Professor of Political Science, University of Hong Kong.