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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praises Luc Besson’s “The Lady” on Aung San Suu Kyi

 Cast member Michelle Yeoh arrives at the premiere of "The Lady" during AFI FEST 2011, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The film is about the lif...
 Director Luc Besson, left, and producer Virginie Besson-Silla arrive at the premiere of "The Lady" during AFI FEST 2011, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Los...
 Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton react after speaking to the pre...

AFI Premiere The Lady LA

Cast member Michelle Yeoh arrives at the premiere of "The Lady" during AFI FEST 2011, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The film is about the lif...

AFI Premiere The Lady LA

Director Luc Besson, left, and producer Virginie Besson-Silla arrive at the premiere of "The Lady" during AFI FEST 2011, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Los...

Myanmar US Clinton

Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton react after speaking to the pre...

French director Luc Besson’s biopic of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won an unusual endorsement.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she watched the movie, “The Lady,” as she flew to the military-dominated country in December on the first trip there by a US secretary of state in 56 years.

She said: “It was a moving experience for me and I think it will be for you.”

Clinton was speaking before a screening Monday to a select audience in Washington, attended by Besson and Michelle Yeoh, who plays Suu Kyi.

Clinton thanked Besson for going to a lot of trouble to get her a DVD of the movie, “so I could watch it as I was traveling to actually meet the real person.”

She paid tribute to Suu Kyi, and said the screening was an opportunity to celebrate “this extraordinary woman’s struggle to bring democracy to her people.”

Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, recently won a seat in Myanmar’s parliament as her party swept recent by-elections as Myanmar makes progress toward democracy under President Thein Sein.


Updated : 2021-10-28 02:27 GMT+08:00