With Burma's 2007 'Saffron Revolution' and the junta's brutal crackdown still happening, this 1998 film provides essential background information on today's events.
As of this 2009 writing, Nobel Peace Lauriate Aung San Suu Kyi has just been sentenced by the junta to 18 more months of house arrest, where she has spent 14 of the last 20 years since her election.
BORDERING covers the Aung San Suu Kyi's sweeping Presidential victory and subsequent house arrest by the military junta, the Chevron gas pipeline that is still a major part of the junta's lifeline, the sad plight of ethnic refugees from Burma into Thailand, the economic crash in Southeast Asia, as well as the multi-million dollar business deals which are causing the Thai authorities, formerly considered the most democratic in the region, to now cooperate with the Burmese junta, considered one of the most brutal in the world.
This has grave implications for human rights and the on-going struggle for 'deep democracy' throughout the Southeast Asian region.
To this day 'Thailand's Dilemma' remains unsolved and BORDERING remains a valuable background analysis for current conditions.