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Suu Kyi biopic hits Myanmar black market
 
 
 

YANGON (AFP) - Pirate copies of a new film about Aung San Suu Kyi’s private life have flooded the streets of Yangon as vendors push the boundaries of new-found freedoms under a new government.Luc Besson’s “The Lady”, a two-hour biopic starring former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh, received mixed reviews, but that has not deterred viewers taking home blurred DVDs with the Nobel laureate’s celluloid reincarnation. “The quality is not good but people buy it,” one roadside vendor told AFP. “People who have watched this film said the real lady is better than on the screen.”Until a new nominally civilian government took power last year, few in the army-dominated nation would have dared to openly sell such a DVD, but now Suu Kyi’s face is also on the front pages of newspapers and posters for sale.“In the past, we cannot sell things freely. As others are selling the DVD, we also started selling it,” said the vendor. “If we are warned to stop sales of this movie, we will stop selling it.”Suu Kyi’s struggle for her country came at a high personal cost. Her husband died in 1999 in Britain, and in the final stages of his battle with cancer the Myanmar junta denied him a visa to see his wife.The film follows Suu Kyi’s story upon her return to Myanmar in 1988, chronicling her non-violent fight for democracy as protests erupted against the ruling generals only to be brutally crushed.Her popularity culminated in a 1990 election victory for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, but the result was ignored by the junta and Suu Kyi spent most of the past two decades under house arrest until late 2010.

 
 
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