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After half a century of keeping Myanmar cut off from the rest of the world, the country’s military dictatorship began loosening its grip in 2011. Then in 2015 it permitted the nation’s first openly contested general election after the events of 1990, when the Burmese freedom activist Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide victory was annulled by the military junta and she was placed under house arrest.
The Vote captures the anxieties, hopes and fears of the Burmese people amid that historic election in November 2015, during which Aung San Suu Kyi – lovingly referred to by her supporters as ‘Mother Suu’ – once again looms large over the precarious proceedings.
Directors: Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko
Website: Field of Vision
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History of technology
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