Among them, 25 of the world’s most courageous nonviolent revolutionaries, men and women – Burma’s leading intellectuals, artists, and writers – who spent collectively over 300 years behind bars for their beliefs and peaceful actions. Included are senior statesmen U Win Tin and U Tin Oo, former political prisoners and founding members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) – Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party; along with Aung San Suu Kyi’s most trusted colleagues, nine fellow members of parliament. Clements also secured extremely rare interviews with Aung San Suu Kyi’s spiritual teacher and advisor, the 93 year old Buddhist monk Sayadaw U Pandita, along with Archbishop Charles Bo, the President of the Muslim Federation of Myanmar, and the infamous Buddhist monk, U Wirathu, featured on the cover of Time as “Buddhism’s New Face of Terror.”
Combined with Clements’ unparalleled audio and visual archive – recently rescued from Burma after three life-threatening missions – these materials, representing the world’s most comprehensive historical record of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s voices of nonviolent struggle, will be presented in a film and book titled, “Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Voices of Freedom.” This essential work showcases their most important spiritual and political lessons learned in waging nonviolent struggle. It also serves as a guide for activists worldwide to challenge dictatorship and succeed. And it shows how to prevent it from rearising in the future.
Aung San Suu Kyi recently called on global citizens to “pressure the leaders of her country” for an immediate reform to the military-drafted constitution that enshrines military-rule, still banning women from holding high office and Aung San Suu Kyi herself – a member of parliament – from running for president in the upcoming elections.
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