“I was a prisoner but I always felt free because I was not frightened…So for me real freedom is freedom from fear.” Aung San Suu Kyi
Suu Kyi is known as ‘a golden bird in a cage'. In the West, she is a symbol of peace and reconciliation and awarded countless prizes including the Nobel Peace Prize. But who is she?
In this film, her family, friends and close colleagues tell about a daughter, wife, friend, mother and rebel – who met deep grief and deprivation early in life.
Suu Kyi is known first and foremost as the political opposition leader at the centre of 20 years of social unrest and turmoil in Burma. What many do not know is that she started out as a British housewife in the upper echelons of Oxford society before she went back to her oppressed homeland and joined the struggle for freedom.
This a close-up of the freedom fighting woman and her husband, Dr Michael Aris, who died in 1999 on his 53rd birthday, prevented from seeing his wife. Together they gave up their normal life and marriage for the cause of freedom in Burma.