'On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship' explores military power

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Image: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen and First Hand Films. Used with permission.

The story of how power struggles unfold can often be a complex one. Political enemies can end up being closer to us than those they claim to fight for -- the people. Compromise, ethical challenges and finding a necessary balance get blurred and muddied in the name of democratic reform.

Karen Stokkendal Poulsen talks to Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film On The Inside of A Military Dictatorship and the many issues connected on the continuum between democratic reform and the lure of corruption and power.

The film tells the story of how the military of Myanmar stepped into the shadow after 50 years of dictatorship, while the democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (who the military had kept in house arrest for 20 years) became the leader of the country. The story is unusual because the two parties keep having a strange grip on each other -- the military with their control of the country's resources, and Aung San Suu Kyi with her control of the people.

It is a two-edged sword, though -- compromise can be the way forward to reconcile a painful past. It can, unfortunately, also be a way of trapping each other and leaving the visions behind. In Myanmar it is a complex mix of both. 

About the director:

Karen Stokkendal Poulsen is a documentary filmmaker. She graduated with a master of arts in screen documentary from Goldsmiths College, London, in 2008.

In addition to her work as a director, Stokkendal Poulsen has an educational background in political science. She holds a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Copenhagen. Parallel with her studies, she has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has lectured a course in international relations at the University of Copenhagen. Her documentary The Agreement was selected for competition at CPH:DOX 2013, the Dragon award at Göteborg International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and many more. 

Image: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen and First Hand Films. Used with permission.

F2F Music:  David Peck and Face2Face. 

For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound

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