ON THE INSIDE OF A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP

By Karen Stokkendal POULSEN

BULLITT FILM APS - as PROD

Historical - Completed 2019

"On the inside of a military dictatorship" is the story of how the democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and the brutal military dictatorship ended up forming an alliance in the corridors of power - and the tragic consequences of this action.

Festivals
& Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Expose
CPH DOX 2019
HotDocs 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Historical, Documentary
    • Countries
    • DENMARK, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Karen Stokkendal POULSEN
    • Producer(s)
    • Vibeke VOGEL (BULLITT FILM APS)
    • Synopsis
    • "On the inside of a military dictatorship" is constructed as a number of conversations with leading military generals and the famous and infamous Aung San Suu Kyi to depict the story of the power struggle behind the scenes of the transition towards democracy in Burma.

      After 50 years of military dictatorial rule, the military generals of the dictatorship were isolated as well as strictly sanctioned - and they were aware of the fact that the Western world would only accept one specific currency if the sanctions were to be lifted: democracy! The military started establishing a pseudo-democracy, but quickly came to the realisation that international recognition requires something far worse than democracy: They had to welcome their long-standing opponent and critic, democracy icon and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi, onto the political stage. This was the beginning of a whole new power struggle, and Aung San Suu Kyi proved to be quite the master of the cynical power games. However skilled though, it was not enough for her to overthrow the powerful regime in place, and at a pivotal point in time she made a dangerous pact with her opponents and accepted forming a government with the military.

      The film then takes a dramatic turn as the military pushes through a massive ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority. As a head of state, she can no longer freely criticise the brutal acts of the country's military but has to side with the military as her allies in government. This presents the biggest dilemma in her life so far, as she comes under pressure from the international community, the people she always fought for - and her own destiny to follow in her father's footsteps as he founded both Burma and sowed the seeds of hope for democracy. After 50 years of military dictatorship, as his daughter, she remains the only hope for Burma.