|A Political Life
|Soe Arkar Htun
|VDP Selection Year
|Aung San Suu Kyi, Yangon, Family, Political Persecution, Democracy
U Thein Soe dedicated the best years of his life to working as Aung San Suu Kyi’s bodyguard. To please his long-suffering wife and family he has now bowed out of politics − but still can’t help giving up his time to provide local people with valuable legal advice.
Soe Arkar Htun
Soe Akhar Htun is a computer science student. He is a member of Yangon Film School. His film “A Political Life” is his first documentary.
Message from the Director
When I was studying at the Yangon Film School to make our final film, one of the senior students there introduced me to U Thein Soe: a man who dedicated the best years of his life to working as Aung San Suu Kyi’s bodyguard. When I met him I was able to learn about some of his past experiences which somehow reflect the life of the politicians in our country. It became my intention to make a film about him and his family to reveal political life; how hard it is for the family if a member becomes a politician; how do family face social problems in their lives; and why are they still doing politics even if they suffer from problems in their lives.
These questions gave me the reason to create this film.
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