On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship (2019)


The entire world praised the military and Aung San Suu Kyi, when power was passed on to the democracy icon after 50 years of military dictatorship. One year later she defended an ethnic cleansing and had isolated herself from the public. This film tells you why.

Also known as Confessions of a Military Dictatorship (working title).


After 50 years of military dictatorial rule in Myanmar, the military generals began to realise something needed to change for sanctions to be lifted.

Following the release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of 2010, the military installed a so-called civilian democracy, transforming its appearance in the eyes of the international community.

Part of the new pseudo-democracy included putting Aung San Suu Kyi onto the political stage, who in turn made a dangerous pact with her opponents.

Featuring interviews with military generals, journalists and Aung San Suu Kyi, On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship is the story of how the democracy icon and the brutal military dictatorship ended up forming an alliance in the corridors of power – and the tragic consequences of this action.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Karen Stokkendal Poulsen.
  • Producer(s):
    • Anders Bruus … executive producer.
    • Joshua Min Htut … associate producer.
    • Valérie Montmartin … co-producer.
    • Vibeke Vogel … producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
    • Uno Helmersson.
  • Cinematography:
    • Sturla Brandth Grøvlen.
  • Editor(s):
    • Giles Gardner.
  • Production:
    • Bullitt Film.
    • Little Big Story.
  • Distributor(s):
    • First Hand Films (2019) (World-wide) (all media).
  • Release Date: 24 March 2019 (CPH:DOX, Denmark).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 54 minutes (TV version) and 98 minutes (feature version).
  • Country: Denmark.
  • Language: English.

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