Beyond Rangoon (1995)

Director:John Boorman Producer:John Boorman, Sean Ryerson, Eric Pleskow, Barry Spikings

Screenplay by:Alex Lasker, Bill Rubenstein  Music by:Hans Zimmer Cinematography:John Seale  Edited by:Ron Davis

Running time:99 minutes  Country:United States Language:English Genre:Action, Drama Subtitle:English 

Starring: Patricia Arquette - Laura Bowman, Frances McDormand - Andy Bowman, U Aung Ko - U Aung Ko, Johnny Cheah - Min Han,
Adelle Lutz - Aung San Suu Kyi
, Spalding Gray - Jeremy Watt, Tiara Jacquelina - San San, Hotel Desk Clerk,

Kuswadinath Bujang - Colonel at Hotel, Victor Slezak - Mr. Scott, Jit Murad - Sein Htoo, Ye Myint - Zaw Win, Cho Cho Myint - Zabai,

Haji Mohd Rajoli - Karen Father, Azmi Hassan - Older Karen Boy, Ahmad Fithi - Younger Karen Boy







Cannes Film Festival 1995

Palme d''Or
John Boorman 

Political Film Society, USA 1996

PFS Award
PFS Award
Human Rights

Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she is left on her own for a few days, during which time she falls in with students fighting for democracy. She and their leader, U Aung Ko, travel through Burma, whilst witnessing many bloody acts of repression by the dictatorship, in an attempt to escape to Thailand. Based on a true story.

Beyond Rangoon is a 1995 drama film directed by John Boorman about Laura Bowman (played by Patricia Arquette), an American tourist who vacations in Burma (Myanmar) in 1988, the year in which the 8888 Uprising takes place. The film was mostly filmed in Malaysia, and, though a work of fiction, was inspired by real people and real events.

Bowman joins, albeit initially unintentionally, political rallies with university students protesting for democracy, and travels with the student leader U Aung Ko throughout Burma. There, they see the brutality of the military dictators of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), and attempt to escape to Thailand.

The film was an official selection at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, where it was one of the popular hits of the event.

The film may have had an impact beyond movie screens, however. Only weeks into its European run, the Burmese military junta freed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi (depicted in the film) after several years under strict house arrest. The celebrated democracy leader thanked the filmmakers in her first interview with the BBC.[citation needed] Suu Kyi was re-arrested a few years later, but Beyond Rangoon had already helped raise world attention on a previously "invisible" tragedy: the massacres of 1988 and the cruelty of her country''s military rulers.