|Screening & Discussion: The Lady, with Roberta Seret & Thet Wynn|
Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Film and Education Research Academy (FERA), Films, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, Guest Speakers
Tags: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, curriculum, elections, family education, film in education, human rights, Marriage, Myanmar, politics, pro democracy, Roberta Seret, The Lady
Description/Abstract: Join us for a special preview of The Lady, a new film by Luc Besson that tells the incredible story of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's pro-democracy leader, Nobel Peace laureate, and wife to academic and writer Michael Aris, a Tibet scholar whom she met at the University of Oxford. Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of Burma's independence hero, Aung San, who was assassinated when she was only two years old. She was educated in Burma (Myanmar), India, and the United Kingdom. She served more than 15 years in detention -- mostly under house arrest in Burma where she had returned to nurse her dying mother.
Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to re-enter the political process and contest parliamentary elections to be held on April 1st. She is campaigning for a seat in parliament in her constituency outside Rangoon.
Roberta Seret, President and Founder of International Cinema Education and author of World Affairs in Foreign Films: Getting the Global Picture (McFarland, 2011) will introduce the film and lead with questions about The Lady. We will explore the depths of human understanding and devotion against the backdrop of political turmoil, tying political and educational themes to curriculum.
Joining our discussion will be Thet Wynn, a Burmese citizen who has been working for the United Nations for twenty years. He is currently a staff member of the U.N. Secretariat in New York in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In 1988, when he was a student in Rangoon, he was part of the student delegation to ask Aung San Suu Kyi to form the National Democratic League and remain in Myanmar to be their leader.
This event is sponsored by International Cinema Education, Tibet House, The Mindfulness and Education Working Group, and Gottesman Libraries.
Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Thursday, March 29th.
Where: Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)