Our Burmese Days (1996)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Race & Ethnicity, Social History  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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British director Lindsey Merrison, anxious to learn more about the past her mother Sally so carefully concealed, takes her on a journey into her past in this German documentary. Lindsey did not discover that her mother was Anglo-Burmese, an immigrant to England in the late '50s, until she was an adult. Sally, ashamed of her heritage, cultivated a flawless English accent and always claimed to be born and raised in the solidly white-middle class Hemel Hempstead section of northwest London. Lindsey takes her mother back to Burma to learn more about her cultural heritage and to learn why her mother so desperately wanted to leave it behind. It will be the first time in 40 years that Sally and her brother Bill have seen their homeland. The documentary' title comes from George Orwell's novel Burmese Days.



survivor, Burma, family-history, heritage, hidden-identity, immigration, journey, mother, secrets, shame