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Into the Current: Burma’s Political Prisoners

Production year: 2011 | 1x55' | Genres: Current Affairs
Burma’s Political Prisoners
Origin country: Norway
Production company: The Democratic voice of Burma
Original title: Into the Current: Burma’s Political Prisoners
Original language: English
Formats: HD

A Military dictatorship seized control of Burma in 1962. In 1989 they changed the name of the country to Myanmar. Thousands of non-violent activists are routinely imprisoned, tortured, and murdered for supporting democracy Over 2100 political prisoners, including leaders of the democracy movement, remain in Burmese jails. This is their story

"Into the Current is an important and suddenly very timely film, for after 22 years during which its subject was the main story in Myanmar, it now presents an alternative to the prevailing narrative. In the months since the country's first national elections in two decades and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi--the world's most famous political prisoner--there has been a growing international misconception that Myanmar has somehow turned a corner on human rights and political participation. With power and authority, Into the Current sets the record straight."
Amnesty International, International Secretariat

“The terrible truth about Burma is that despite the recent elections, and the release from detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country remains a police state. Burma’s people are not yet free. And all the proof we need of the lack of freedom in Burma is in Jeanne Hallacy’s powerful and compelling new documentary “Into the Current.” The film brings to life the hard truths of the live of those who resist military rule—Burma’s best and brightest, now prisoners of an unjust state. This film has a vital message for all those concerned about the future of democracy and human rights: Burma will not be free until the political prisoners are free—and that we must never forget them.”
Dr. Chris Beyrer, Johns Hopkins University

"This film comes at a crucial time while the military regime is changing its skin. It effectively alerts to the world of the daily brutality inflicted upon Burma's 2,100 political prisoners in living cemeteries. The film makes it clear that without their release, Burma cannot move forward towards freedom and democracy."
Aung Din, Executive Director, US Campaign for Burma, former Burmese political prisoner.

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