“Burma’s Lost Royals – a film-maker’s journey in a divided nation”
For a millennium, Burma’s royal family was at the heart of the country’s politics, religion, and society. But in 1885, the monarchy was swept aside by the British Empire. Since then, a succession of rulers has struggled to hold this politically, ethnically and religiously divided country together. Meanwhile, Burma’s royals, exiled and silenced, vanished into history. Until now. After 130 years, Burma’s royal family lives on, hidden among the people their ancestors used to rule. After a chance meeting Alex Bescoby began documenting their lives on film in 2014, and in their story he found the saga of modern Burma itself.
Alex will discuss the making of his documentary, Burma’s Lost Royals, and explore the role of Burma’s history in the making of the nation we see today – fresh from its first democratic poll in decades.
Alex has been working to understand Burma’s history, politics and society for over seven years. Alex first visited Burma in 2008 on a scholarship from Cambridge University, to research his thesis on Burma’s modern political history. He has since lived and worked in Burma, explored extensively, and is now documenting on film a country that has captivated his heart and imagination. He will have just returned from Burma, filming with the family during the course of the elections.
18 November 2015
Where: St Peter’s Church Parish Hall, Eaton Square, London SW1.
Drinks and nibbles available from 6.30pm
Lecture commences at 7pm
Tickets: Members only and their guests: Free
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Where: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 (Nearest tube stations Euston Square and Euston mainline).
Lecture starts at 1.15pm and finishes by 2.30pm. The sandwich lunch, from 12.30pm, must be booked by 2.30pm the day before.
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