Spring Hlegu is a documentary featuring the by-election in Hlegu Township, Myanmar. Hlegu is a small city in Yangon Division, Myanmar about 45 km northeast of Yangon. Spring Hlegu featured Phyo Min Thein, a candidate of National League for Democracy (NLD), during the by-election.
The by-election is the first time that Aung San Suu Kyi participated in an election. She was under house arrest in 1990 when her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won the election by a landslide. It was not allowed to take power. The NLD boycotted the 2010 election that saw the military-backed civilian administration of President Thein Sein replace the military junta, because of election laws it said were unfair. Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in November 2010, shortly after that election. The vote filled 45 parliamentary seats left vacant when cabinet members and deputy ministers assumed their posts.
Phyo Min Thein competed with two other candidates: Dr. Aung Myat Thu from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and Zin Aung from Myanmar New Society Democratic Party. Conflicts in election campaign, social and economic issues at Hlegu and voting issues along with the interviews with Phyo Min Thein until the election day were featured in 43 minutes-longed documentary.
Spring Hlegu won the Audience Choice Award at the Art of Freedom Film Festival 2013. The Art of Freedom Film Festival was held under the auspices of Aung San Suu Kyi, and was organized by famous comedian and activist Zarganar and Director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi starting from 2012.