Last updated: 18 june, 2010 - 09:08 GMT

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Freedom from Fear - Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi is a political icon, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the charismatic leader of Burma's struggle for human rights. But it has come at immense personal cost.

Under house arrest for many years, unable to watch her children grow up and excluded from public life, her plight is ongoing: as the Burmese regime prepares for its first election in years, Suu Kyi will be detained as a political prisoner throughout.

"It does say something about the moral nature of our world, that you have these men armed to the teeth, scared of a petite, demure, attractive, woman... armed only with her incredible integrity and courage." says fellow Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

On the eve of her 65th birthday, this moving portrait talks to friends and loved ones, colleagues from her days at Oxford and fellow dissidents, as well as world statesmen and women - presenting a more complex picture of the person behind the icon.

First broadcast on 18 June 2010

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