Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blacklisted in Burma

On June 21, actress, Michelle Yeoh, was blacklisted from Burma upon her arrival by plane into the country, according to BBC news.

Ms Yeoh had recently portrayed democratic movement icon, Aung San Suu Kyi in a forthcoming movie directed by Luc Besson.  She had been into the country once before, but this time she was put on the first flight out of Yangon International Airport.  Aside from being described as a love story between Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, little has been released on the film's content.  It's supposed to debut sometime this year.

Burma has had a long standing military rule. Even when it switched to democratic public elections, the voting process was still strictly controlled by the military.  In 1990 the National League for Democracy won the election, but Aung San Suu Kyi was soon put under house arrest for the next 15 years, where she continued to fight for democratic freedoms for the Burmese. 

Being a documentary filmmaker, I've always had a fascination with the tight control the military in Burma has over the media.  What don't they want people to see? Why don't they want to them to see it?  If they feel so righteous as to their leadership, and what they're doing for the people of their country, why do they seem to have this guilty conciseness?  One thing's for sure, as long as they hold back the media, people will want to know more, AND find ways to get the message out.  With what's been happening in Egypt, Libya, and other eastern nations, will Burma soon follow?


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