It's a good night to rent a movie from 1995 called Beyond Rangoon, starring Patricia Arquette and Frances McDormand. The film recounts the events of the August 8, 1988 uprising in Rangoon, Burma that eventually led to the oppressive government abuses the country continues to experience today.
At this time, the UNHCR is in the process of resettling 100,000 Burmese refugees who have been living in camps on the Thai border for 20 years. It has become painfully evident that they will never be able to return to Burma, and so they are now on their way to the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Sweden, among other locations.
The 8888 Uprising saw the beginnings of the pro-democracy movement in Burma, a movement that resulted in death or imprisonment for thousands of upon thousands of people who stood up for their beliefs. It was from this event that Nobel Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi became an international icon representing people who struggle for human rights around the globe.
Take a moment and feel blessed that you have known democracy.
(To learn more about this film, including the ending, click here.)