They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain
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Shot clandestinely over a 2-year period, this film provides a rare look at the second-most isolated country on the planet, lifting the curtain to expose everyday life in a country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years. Culled from over 120 hours of striking images, the film is an impressionistic journey.Â Interviews and interactions with more than 100 people throughout Burma, including an interview with the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, are interwoven with spectacular footage of this little-seen nation and its people.
Girl in rock quarry (click for larger image)
Burmese fisherman (click for larger image)
Novice Monks (click for larger image)
Silhouettes on bridge (click for larger image)
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Just as the director was wrapping production in 2010, he learned of Suu Kyi's release from house arrest, and arranged for an interview, which he weaves throughout his film. However, it is important to note this is not a documentary about Aung San Suu Kyi. Leiberman has said that he did not initially set out to make a political film; but as he learned during shooting (which was largely clandestine) it is next to impossible to remain apolitical while documenting a people who live under a totalitarian regime (probably only second to North Korea's government for its dogged persistence in turning back the clock on its infrastructure) that has very little concern for their health, education or welfare. One theme that runs rampant throughout is the palpable fear of speaking out (most of the interviewees requested not to be identified).Read more ›
Most of what I personally knew about Burma revolved around its political state. Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is, to my estimation, one of the most remarkable women of our age. She is featured within "They Call It Myanmar" and shares some candid insight and wisdom about Burma. But the true star of the picture are the locals. Despite deprivations, they are a curious and hospitable culture and Lieberman captures many exchanges that showcase real humor, hope, and warmth. Sometimes Lieberman can come on a bit strong in his questioning, though, and does occasionally seem a bit intrusive. But most people were happy to talk to him even though they knew it would be frowned upon.Read more ›
TCIM focuses in sequence on different aspects of life in Myanmar: the ethnic and linguistic diversity of the population; recent history; living conditions; working conditions; healthcare; education; the military (which is also effectively the government); recent uprisings; and perhaps the most important aspect of daily life in Myanmar/Burma, religion. Each of these topics alone could have generated its own hour-and-a-half documentary film, so due both to time constraints and the anecdotal nature of most of the first-hand information gathered by filmmaker Lieberman, the topics are given an overview treatment.
That's of necessity, I realize, but it left me wanting to know a lot more about the governing regime, and how it maintains power by suppressing both internal dissent and external enemies. Lieberman does interview opposition politician (and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner) Aung San Suu Kyi, and her articulate answers provide some insights. But although various other interviewees also speak of being afraid to speak their minds, the visible force of the state that appears in TCIM is pretty weak.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth getting it in from US. Fair price & great insight to this amazing CountryPublished 17 months ago by G Atkinson
I was in Myanmar recently (Feb 2014) and though it is changing quickly, this film nonethless brings back lots of my good memories of where I was and what I saw. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara
This recent film was made by an US professor sent by the State Department to teach Physics at a university in Yangon, Burma. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mitchell I. Bonner
very informative, very interesting! This doc truly brings you into myanmar. it had to be shot over a five year period.didnt miss a thing!Published 23 months ago by nick d.
Okay, I'll start by saying that I enjoyed the film to a degree. I came in with a little knowledge, but I really did learn a lot from the film such as the Sapphron Revolution. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Aamir
Some are critical of the quality of the documentary approach taken, but what's more important is the access this doc provides to the people and places of Myanmar. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by EugeSchu
They call it Myanmar is an informative and visually stunning film about a county that is just now starting to open up. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Toni S. Nurnberg
This documentary is such a missed opportunity. Myanmar is a fascinating country going through a rapid transition. I wanted to like this documentary and learn more. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by customer
This is an interesting documentary, though out of date politically. Still worth it for background and interviews with locals and The Lady herself. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Trish