ABOUT THE FILM
The spirit of peace and reconciliation is tested during the tumultuous transition from a military regime to a quasi-democracy in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Our documentary catches up with the country as it undergoes major transformations politically, economically and spiritually. It addresses the results of the surprising reforms following the 2011 general elections that inaugurated greater freedom of press, the opening of trade with the international community and the release of many political prisoners.
The documentary is conceived as an emotional journey into a country entering the modern world after being sealed off from the international community for over sixty years. Following a century of colonization by the British, Myanmar won its freedom in 1947. However, internal strife soon erupted and the Burmese military stepped in, seizing power and establishing an iron grip on its citizens. Despite a democratic election in 2015 that saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy gain a majority in Parliament, the military maintains control over the most important sectors of government.
Time will tell if recent developments mark the first steps toward real liberalization and national reconciliation, or if the influence of the military and its cronies will prevail.
The filmmakers had unique access to leading figures in the struggle for freedom, many of whom had just been released from prison or returned from exile in the 2012 amnesty. The film is a unique view of Myanmar as it stands at a critical juncture; the well being of its people hangs in the balance. The story of Myanmar is a human story that is at once unique and universal.
Michael Henry Wilson and Carole J. Wilson have always been deeply interested in the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. They see Myanmar Year Zero as the third part of a trilogy: In Search of Kundun exemplified the wisdom of the Dalai Lama; Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle celebrated Nelson Mandela’s brilliant statesmanship; now Myanmar Year Zero will illuminate the spirit of peaceful revolution as embodied by the 88 Generation and thousands more who have worked selflessly towards peace and reconciliation.