The Lady is based on the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who had been under house arrest for 17 years. The movie details how Aung San Suu Kyi, her husband Michael Aris, and their family sacrificed their happiness in order to lead the struggle for human rights. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endured. Aung San Suu Kyi’s courageous struggle for political freedom has recently shown progress. Released from house arrest in 2010, she is planning to run for Parliament in upcoming elections and has expressed confidence that democracy eventually will come to her homeland.