They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain
Robert H. Lieberman
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Shot clandestinely over a two-year period by best-selling novelist and filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman, this film provides a rare look at the second-most isolated country on the planet - Burma. It lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years. THEY CALL IT MYANMAR, culled from over 120 hours of striking images, is an impressionistic journey. Interviews and interactions with more than one hundred people throughout Burma, including an interview with the recently released Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, are interwoven with spectacular footage of this little-seen nation and its people. Though Burma has tumbled from being one of the most prosperous and advanced countries in Southeast Asia to being one of the world's poorest, THEY CALL IT MYANMAR is a story of beauty, courage and hope.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 13
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Eye-opening and insightful.
Fresh: A compelling portrait of an entire nation being kept in captivity and ignorance.
Fresh: It still works, so buoyed is the film by its open and honest take on a subject that would have been all too easy to turn into another marketable tragedy.
Fresh: The film provides one of the ultimate functions of a documentary, taking us into the life and culture of a people most of us would never know.
A very engaging look at the people of Burma and their unfortunate circumstances. Not a perfect documentary, but the filmmaker does an excellent job evoking the spirit and humanity of the place and its people, in spite of an awful government. Definitely worth a viewing.
finally something on myanmar !!!!
great... show real emotion other than movies …witch is why i prefer to watch documentaries. i worry about them and wish i could do something