We Were Kings: the story of Burma's Lost Royal Family

Award winning film makers and anthropologist Dr Mar + Alex Bescoby
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17:00 - 19:00
Lady Margaret Hall
Norham Garden
University of Oxford
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The Old Library

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£8 -£12
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Booking required

We Were Kings: the story of Burma's Lost Royal Family (Winner of the Whicker's World Foundation Funding Award 2016)

"A must-see film for anyone who wants to understand Burma today. Britain & Burma have an amazing shared history, and this film tells it with a subtlety & humour that will take you by surprise.”
Levison Wood - filmmaker, author and explorer, star of Channel 4’s 'Walking the Nile’

In 1885 the British army invaded Burma and deposed its King. He died in exile, ending a thousand years of monarchy. The royal family vanished, and the country was plunged into war and the longest military dictatorship of modern times. But after a century of silence they are back, and they’re on a journey to bring the family - past and present - back together. Filmed through three years of seismic change in Burma, this is the story of a family and a country emerging from the darkness.

The film had its world premiere held at the British Library in London, in partnership with the Open City Documentary Festival, and first TV broadcast in December 2017 on The History Channel. It is currently showing all across Asia on the Discovery Channel.

Q&A session will be led by award winning anthropologist and film maker, Dr Mar and Alex Bescoby in conversation.