On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship
For many decades Myanmar was closed to the outside world. The military dictatorship, which took over in 1988, held the reins of power in a tight grip. When they finally embarked on a calculated seven steps to ‘a disciplinary democracy', it seemed as if times would change. Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, and the rest of the world applauded. But as this film demonstrates, both history and power are not so easily discarded. Director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen talked to leading figures in Myanmar, including National League of Democracy spokesperson Win Htein, former President Thein Sein and Cabinet Speaker Shwe Mann. Their interviews illustrate Myanmar's challenging path: does democracy have any hope of taking root in a country that has no democratic tradition?