Steel Orchid

Today I watched the powerful film ‘The Lady’ which tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi not only with regard to her struggles for democracy in Burma, but also the personal cost that quest has meant to her and her family.

Aung San Suu Kyi is a remarkable lady if the world had even a few more people like her in it, it would be a whole better place.  She Her dignity and calmness in the face of guns and personal heartache was exquisitely portrayed by Michelle Yeoh, while David Thewlis’ walks the tightrope of her husband Michael Aris’ emotions spectacularly.  The film while having some brutal scenes, is elegant and glides along as if it where a lotus flower on a lake.  The balance between the political struggle and human relationships is beautiful judged making the film highly watchable whilst challenging the viewer to think about what has, and to a certain extent is still continuing to happen, in Burma.

The films concludes with the death of Michael in London with Suu having made the  hardest of decisions to remain in Burma.  Her conversation with her son Kim screams of the injustice not just with regard to her own family but with all those families that have been torn apart by the military regime in Burma.  There is one more scene however, 8 years later.  The woman who we last saw alone sobbing on the floor in the foetal position now has a large group of monks chanting her name outside her home, and this time she isn’t prevented from greeting them.  It was to be another 2 years before she was finally allowed outside the gates of her prison home and as the credits start to roll these words of Aung San Suu Kyi are starkly put up on the screen:

Please use your liberty to promote ours.

reminding us that we all have a roll to play in the prophets call.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

Luke 4:18-19


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