On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship

Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, Denmark, 2019

98 min.DK/Documentary

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. Key leaders tell the story of how the military of Myanmar stepped into the shadow after 50 years of dictatorship, while Aung San Suu Kyi, whom the military had kept in house arrest for 20 years, became the leader of the country. The two parties keep having a strange grip on each other: the military with their control of the countries’ resources, Aung San Suu Kyi with her control of the people.
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Original title On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship
Danish title Et militærdiktatur bag facaden
Keywords Myanmar, History, Domestic policy, Aung San Suu Kyi, Dictatorship, Minorities, Refugees, Military, Human rights
Director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
Screenplay Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
Producer Vibeke Vogel
Director of Photography Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, Troels Rasmus Jensen, Talib Rasmussen
Editor Giles Gardner
Sound Peter Albrechtsen, Lars Halvorsen, Morten Green, Mikkel Nielsen
Composer Uno Helmersson
Appearance Aung San Suu Kyi, Thein Sein, Soe Thane, Aung Min
Production country Denmark, France
Danish subtitles Yes
Production company Bullitt Film
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales First Hand Films World Sales
Online release 19.03.2020, Filmcentralen,
Comment The film premiered at CPH:DOX and made its international premiere at Toronto Hot Docs. Karen Stokkendal Poulsen made her feature documentary debut with 'The Agreement' (2014) about EU chief negotiator Robert Cooper.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Bullitt Film
Co-production Little Big Story
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, SVT, NRK, VPRO - Television, RTS, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Danida, Procirep, Angoa, CNC, ARTE France, Creative Europe
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
Assistant director Kalika Bro-Jørgensen
Assistant director Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen


Screenplay Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
Research Moe Thway
Research Aye Lae
Research Kalika Bro-Jørgensen
Research Joshua Min Htut
Research Roberta Helling


Producer Vibeke Vogel
Co-producer Valerie Montmartin
Associate producer Moe Thway
Associate producer Aye Lae
Associate producer Joshua Min Htut
Line producer Sophia Jacques
Post Producer Raphaël Pelissou
Coordinator Sophia Jacques
Technical coodinator Anders V. Christensen
Technical coodinator Martin Munck Schmidt
Technical coodinator Sebastian Anton Munk
Production supervisor Rikke Tambo Andersen


Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Cinematographer Troels Rasmus Jensen
Cinematographer Talib Rasmussen


Editor Giles Gardner
Editor: development Sofie Steenberger
Trailer editor Emile Hertling Péronard


Composer Uno Helmersson
Mixer Dave Moore


Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
Sound mixer Peter Albrechtsen
Sound mixer Lars Halvorsen
Sound engineer Lars Halvorsen
Sound engineer Morten Green
Sound engineer Mikkel Nielsen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley editor Anne Tolkkinen
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen


Voiceover Karen Stokkendal Poulsen


Appearance Aung San Suu Kyi
Appearance Thein Sein
Appearance Soe Thane
Appearance Aung Min
Appearance Ye Htut
Appearance Win Htein
Appearance Tin Oo
Appearance Sithu Aung Myint
Appearance Thant Myint-U

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
New York, DOC NYC Film Festival 2019-11-07
Zürich Film Festival 2019-09-26
Bergen International Film festival 2019-09-25
Dokufest Prizren 2019-08-02
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019-06-06
Sydney Film Festival 2019-06-05
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2019-04-25
CPH:DOX 2019-03-20
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Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Johansen, Lene 2019-03-29
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Hygum Sørensen, Dorte 2019-03-24
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Winsløv, Anna 2019-03-13
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