The Lady tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Lady tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Lady, first film club offering of Williams Lake’s new season

Yes, it is time for the Williams Lake Film Club to start its next season.

Yes, it is time for the Williams Lake Film Club to start its next season.

We will present our first film next Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Gibraltar Room at 7 p.m. Back doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be $9 regular, $8 for members, and $6 for seniors, elders, and students. No changes there. And all proceeds will once again go to support the LDA to help students with learning disabilities right here  in our community.  Last season we were able to raise $4,000 for this purpose. Thank you all!

We start our season with a great film, The Lady.

This is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma, who stood up to the military, to the government, to fight for democracy for her country.

She was condemned to 15 years of house arrest for her conviction, not able to see her husband, not able to see her two growing sons who were all living in England.

It is a story of distance, long separations, a dangerously hostile regime, of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. It is a story that will touch your heart, that will make you ask yourself — how far would you go for your true convictions? And most of all, it is a true story, unfolding right before our eyes still today.

The film begins with a flashback to 1947 when her father Aung San, a revolutionary general regarded as the father of modern Burma, says a tender goodbye to the two-year-old Suu in the garden of the grand family water-side mansion before he is driven off to work — where he is shot dead.

So begins a film that’s part history lesson, part admiring profile.

Then, jumping forward to 1988 and 1989, it quickly establishes the brutal nature of the military dictatorship crushing human rights in Burma.

Anyone who keeps up with world affairs would be aware of the big picture, but director Luc Besson shows us some of the detail — where the devil definitely lives.

But what the film does best is what writer Rebecca Frayn and director Luc Besson seem to have set out to do, namely to explore the extraordinary bonds of the family relationships that endure through extended separation and intense pressure.


David Thewlis gives husband Michael Aris a palpable sense of resilience as he provides full moral support to his wife, and sharing her dream of a democratic Burma. When he is diagnosed with prostate cancer, his burdens magnify.



The repeated crackdowns by the generals and their determination to crush the movement Suu inspires is effectively shown. When Michael triggers a move to recognize his Suu with a Nobel Peace Prize, it is as much a political maneuver as an act of loving support. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Her husband and her two sons went to Sweden to receive the prize.

Aung Sn Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest on the evening of Nov. 13, 2010 and on June 16, 2012.Aung San  Suu Kyi was finally able to deliver her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in person at Oslo’s City Hall, two decades after being awarded this honour.

This is a film for thinking people, not for action fans.

The Lady is recommended for anyone interested in how a lone woman can alter history with a strict code of anti-violence — as did moral giants such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela among others.

It’s inspirational and reassuring: humans can redeem themselves and dictators shall perish.

It is a film that will stay with you for a long time ….

See you next Tuesday — and remember, memberships will be available at the door, $10 per person.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Audrey McKinnon was officially named the NDP nominee for the federal riding of Cariboo-Prince George. (Twitter)
Audrey McKinnon confirmed as Cariboo Prince-George federal NDP nominee

The nomination comes during speculation the federal government

Gibraltar Mine general manager and community sports coach Ben Pierce moved to Williams Lake in 2008 for a career, and has fallen in love with the area while raising his family in the Cariboo. (Photo submitted)
OUR HOMETOWN: Mine manager on solid ground

Juggling academics, sports and a family was a challenge, but Pierce said he and Liselle made it work

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Stolen truck found broken down on Highway 97C, Williams Lake suspect arrested near Ashcroft

A security guard first noticed the truck, and thought it looked suspicious

Habitat Remediation Working Group takes a tour in 2020 of what was then the newly-constructed confluence of Edney and Hazeltine Creek channels. Mount Polley Mine is expected to reopen by September, 2021. (Photo submitted)
Mount Polley mine expected to open by fall 2021: Imperial Metals

The reopening will create about 300 full-time mining jobs

The red rock garden in Williams Lake was filled with new rocks in recognition of the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Red rocks left as reminder of missing and murdered local women in Williams Lake

May 5 marked the National Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. average home price and sales level to 2023, showing steep drop in sales expected next year. (Central 1)
Forecast calls for B.C. home sales to ‘explode,’ then drop off

Average price to rise another 10% in 2021, credit unions say

Members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (File photo)
B.C.-wide #DayOfMusic to feature 100-plus free virtual concerts May 15

‘Our colleagues across the province have figured out new ways to perform and connect,’ VSO boss says

Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)
2 passengers in Canada fined thousands for faking pre-flight COVID-19 tests

The government issued a warning Thursday to others thinking of doing the same – do it and you’ll be ordered to pay

With revenge porn on the rise in 2021, B.C. seeks feedback for new legislation

New legislation could help victims take down images and receive compensation

(Kamloops This Week file photo)
Federal police unit takes over probe of B.C. regional district’s spending

Financial Integrity Sensitive Investigations Unit is now reviewing the case

A black bear made a visit to downtown Vancouver Tuesday, May 4. The animal was spotted on train tracks in Gastown shortly after at 2:30 p.m. (Twitter/Craig Minielly)
VIDEO: Black bear spotted meandering around downtown Vancouver

The bear was reportedly tranquilized by conservation officers Tuesday afternoon

Flow Academy is located at 1511 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Interior Health locks out Kelowna martial arts gym following COVID violations

Actions were taken after all other steps to gain compliance were exhausted, says health authority

Most Read