Watershed School will host a free public screening of “Beyond Rangoon,” an acclaimed 1995 feature drama directed by John Boorman and starring Patricia Arquette and Frances McDormand, Friday, March 12 at  6:30 p.m. The film will be shown at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St. A brief discussion will follow, and light refreshments will be provided.

Acclaimed as a fearless masterpiece at the time of its release, “Beyond Rangoon” is based on real-life events: the crackdown by the Burmese military junta on the pro-democracy movement led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi. The film, a fictional dramatization of actual events, focuses in particular on the Tiananmen Square-style massacre of peaceful protesters in the capital city of Rangoon, now known by its military rulers as Myanmar. In subsequent years, the film by John Boorman (whose credits also include “Deliverance” and “The Emerald Forest”) has remained timely and immediate, as the Burmese junta has continued to tighten its grip on power, and opposition leader Soo Kyi remains under near-permanent house arrest.

The free screening, which is sponsored by the student Amnesty International group at Watershed, is part of a wider effort by Amnesty International to raise public awareness of the human rights situation in Burma and the fate of its leaders, Suu Kyi in particular. The Watershed School is an independent private high school serving students from throughout the Midcoast.

For more information about the film screening or about Watershed, call 594-1873.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.