Nearly a quarter century of house arrest, imprisonment and attempts to silence her have failed. Hers is the voice of conscience and nonviolence for the world.
The concert documentary film, shot with 8 cameras, will be available soon on DVD and will be screened on TV. RTE 2 in Ireland will show the TV version on December 27th for the first time.
It captures Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic visit, remarkable story and the extarordinary music concert celebrating her visit to Dublin in June 2012 – her first to Europe in 24 years, having spent 15 of the past 22 years under house arrest as a political prisoner in her native Burma. It was the first concert ever held in her honour and in her presence outside of Burma.
Over 30 international acts performed music, dance and spoken word. Highlights include:
- musical performances by Bono, Damien Rice, Lupe Fiasco, Bob Geldof, Angelique Kidjo, Gerry Wonda, Carl Carlton and others.
- special dance performance by Riverdance.
- the presentation of the Amnesty International ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award by Bono to Aung San Suu Kyi and a short very personal and intimate speech by Aung San Suu Kyi.
- spoken word by Vanessa Redgrave, Saoirse Ronan and (Game of Thrones) Jack Gleeson.
ELECTRIC BURMA FEATURED ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, ACTORS, AND PERFORMERS
UNPRESCEDENTED DUBLIN CONCERT CELEBRATED THE LIFE AND WORK OF AUNG SAN SUU KYI
BONO PRESENTED RENOWNED BURMESE NOBEL LAUREATE WITH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S PRESTIGIOUS AMBASSADOR OF CONSCIENCE AWARD
DIVERSE ROSTER INCLUDED BOB GELDOF, DAMIEN RICE, VANESSA REDGRAVE, LUPE FIASCO, ANGELIQUE KIDJO, AND MORE
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE SONG “TOAST TO FREEDOM” PERFORMED BY CARL CARLTON AND OTHERS
Artists from all corners of the globe were on hand for Electric Burma: A Concert for Aung San Suu Kyi on June 18th at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Organized and promoted by Bill Shipsey, the extraordinary event was a celebration of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi.
All profits from Electric Burma will go to Amnesty International and the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Trust for Health and Education.
“The unprecedented interest in Electric Burma and the demand for tickets is a testimony to the affection of the Irish people for Aung San Suu Kyi,” says Shipsey, founder of Amnesty International’s global artist engagement program, Art For Amnesty. “Her courage and leadership have been a source of inspiration not only to people in Ireland but all those who value democracy, freedom of speech and an end to military rule.”
Electric Burma was highlighted by Aung San Suu Kyi’s acceptance of Amnesty International’s prestigious Ambassador of Conscience Award, conferred on individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the fight to protect and promote human rights. Longtime Amnesty International campaigner Bono, who initially announced Aung San Suu Kyi as an Ambassador of Conscience during U2’s 2009 concert at Dublin’s Croke Park, made the presentation. Previous recipients of the Ambassador of Conscience Award have included Václav Havel, Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Peter Gabriel, and U2.
A stunning array of artists from the worlds of music, cinema, art, and dance took the stage. Among them were such iconic performers and activists as Bob Geldof, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Lupe Fiasco, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Gleeson (of HBO’s Game of Thrones), Tibetan singer/songwriter Yungchen Lhamo, violinist Sarah Nemtanu, cellist Vyvienne Long, pianist Romain Descharmes, Ireland’s own Riverdance and the Co-Musical Producers Gerry Wonda and Carl Carlton
Electric Burma further included a very special live performance of “Toast To Freedom,” the exclusive commemorative song celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International. The unique multi-artist rendition featured an all-star band led by the song’s writer, veteran guitarist/producers and Electric Burma Co-Musical Producer Carl Carlton (Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, Keb Mo).
“It was a great honor perform ‘Toast To Freedom’ for Aung Saan Su Kyi,” said Carlton. “She stands for everything I believe in and fight and write for. She is not only a guiding light but a voice for every soul in this universe in the name of human rights. She is the spirit of ‘Toast To Freedom’.”
As if all that weren’t enough, a noteworthy roster of talent was also involved behind the scenes. Electric Burma saw the musical co-production from Grammy Award-winner Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis (U2, The Black Eyed Peas, T.I.), while the event was filmed by Dig For Fire founder Natalie Johns, an acclaimed broadcaster, director, and creative executive known for her work with such superstars as Jay-Z, Peter Gabriel, and The Rolling Stones. In addition, renowned Catalan artist and filmmaker Lluís Danés has especially created the concert’s artistic direction and set design.
Electric Burma was being held to mark Aung San Suu Kyi’s first trip to Europe in more than two decades. The European visit saw the Burmese opposition politician and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) accepting at long last the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize she received while having been imprisoned or under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from July 1989 until her most recent release in November 2010. She was only recently granted a passport by the Burmese government, allowing her to travel abroad for the first time since 1988.
More than just a celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s remarkable life’s work, Electric Burma also stands as an important opportunity to echo the powerful message that she and Amnesty International have long supported: that human rights matter.
Executive Producer and Promoter
Lluis Danes Roca
Executive Talent Producer
Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis
Bob Clearmountain and Brandon Duncan
Bob Clearmountain assisted by Brandon Duncan
Artists in Alphabetical Order
Arden ‘Keyz’ Altino
Ingrid Berman Marin
Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis
Joanne Mc Grath
Joey Mc Aleer
Karen O Gorman
Khin Thant Han
Nazanin Afshin Jam
Suzanne Mc Donald
Dublin Gospel Choir
Joey Mc Aleer
Joanne Mc Grath
Barry John Gallagher
Director of Photography
Fionn Mac Ghiolla Chuda
Maire Ni Chuinneagain
Eoghan Mac Donagh
Linnea Bel Maguire
Paul “mini” Moore
Bono Production Team
Jerry ‘Wonda’ Production Team
Serge ‘Sergical’ Tsai
Rehearsal and Performance Coordinator
Rehearsal Studio Team
Platinum Sound Recording Studio NYC
Serge ‘Sergical’ Tsai
Brendan Mc Dougnagh
Production Design Santamandra
Sara Tibau Aguila
Assistant Art Director
Helena Casas Costa
Assistant Set Design
Carles Berga Arenas
Anna Marin Fabrega
Jaume Archs Roca
Antoni Arjona Aguilar
Josep Maria Pruna Canadas
John Peder Egenes
Mobile Radio Links
Hair & Make Up
Apogee Electronics Corp. – Betty Bennett
Duesenberg Guitars – Dieter Gölsdorf
THC Amps – Thomas Eich
T Rex Engineering – Michael Pagaard
Panavision Dublin – John Higgins
Visual Impact Paris
Post Production House
Preditors Post Production
Thanks to the venue – Bord Gais Theatre
Manager – Stephen Faloon
Technical Manager – Liam Fitzgerald
Marketing – Kathy Doyle
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected.
From humble beginning, Amnesty celebrated it’s fiftieth anniversary last year and today has over three million members and supporters. It is a self-governing movement, independent of any political or social interest groups, and is funded almost entirely by its worldwide membership and public donations. Please visit www.amnesty.org to find out how you can help Amnesty realize it’s vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights .
DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI TRUST FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi always believed that the many accolades she has received were a recognition not so much of her own commitment to democracy and human rights, but of the struggle of the Burmese people as a whole. She was determined that she would not profit personally, and set up The Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Trust for Health and Education to receive any money that she was given, notably by the Nobel Peace Prize committee.
Even during her 15 years under house arrest the trust was able to continue its work, mainly via Prospect Burma, to many Burmese around the world. This was to help ensure that future leaders of Burma would come to continue the fight Daw Suu has dedicated her life to.
The Ambassador of Conscience Award is Amnesty International’s most prestigious human rights honour. It is conferred on individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the fight to protect and promote human rights. The award was inspired by a poem written for Amnesty International by Nobel Literature Laureate Seamus Heaney – “From The Republic of Conscience.”
Past recipients of the Award have included Vaclav Havel, Mary Robinson and Nelson Mandela.The award seeks to promote Amnesty International by association with the life, work and example of its “Ambassadors.”
Aung San Suu Kyi was announced as an Ambassador of Conscience by U2 lead singer Bono in July 2009, at a U2 concert in Dublin.