MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,678 this week

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 231 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 4 user | 24 critic | 8 from Metacritic.com

Shot clandestinely over a two year period, this film provides a rare look into the second most isolated country on the planet held in a stasis by a brutal military regime for almost a half ... See full summary »

Writer:

(story) (as David L. Kossack)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 12 Mar 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 Jun 2013
 
a list of 68 titles
created 11 Sep 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012)

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain.

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mediastan (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The bleak, mountainous terrain and quiet, lonely roads set the tone for this compelling venture into the heart of 'the Stans'. The first stop is Asia Plus, a newspaper in Tajikistan. "If we... See full summary »

Director: Johannes Wahlstrom
Stars: Julian Assange, Vladimir Gubanov, Sultanbek Joumagulov
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Rahmat has been asked to meet the inhabitants of these islands to collect their tears. Although for years people have been giving their tears to Rahmat, no one knows exactly what he has been doing with them.

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Stars: Hassan Pourshirazi, Younes Ghazali, Mohammad Rabbani
Burt's Buzz (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees.

Director: Jody Shapiro
Stars: Burt Shavitz
Marmato (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Colombia is the center of the new global gold rush and Marmato, a historic mining town, is the new frontier. Filmed over the course of nearly 6 years, MARMATO chronicles how the townspeople... See full summary »

Director: Mark Grieco
The Lady (2011)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz
Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Tatsuya Mihashi
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Patricia Arquette, U Aung Ko, Frances McDormand
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise
The Square (2013)
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim
Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy
Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

Director: Anders Østergaard
Stars: George W. Bush, Ko Muang, Aung San Suu Kyi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Aung San Suu Kyi ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

Shot clandestinely over a two year period, this film provides a rare look into the second most isolated country on the planet held in a stasis by a brutal military regime for almost a half century. From over 100 interviews of people across Burma, including the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, interwoven with stunning footage of Burmese life this documentary is truly unique. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 February 2012 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Awarded "Best Documentary" at the 2012 River Film Festival in Padua, Italy. See more »

Quotes

Aung San Suu Kyi: I think politicians who think they've gone beyond being politicians are very dangerous.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Equally enlightening and disappointing.
8 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having lived in Burma for four years, I found the film equally enlightening and disappointing. To the outsider - most of the world - Burma is portrayed in the shortsighted way it is understood in the media: Evil government, beautiful people. To portray Burma in this way is true and real. To focus on this completely is to miss Burma.

The film is honest in the views given by locals (easy to recognize by their accents), in their local context and understandings and without global understandings. The film is dishonest in it's lack of vetting of expatriate views. Truly disappointing, seriously lacking journalistic ethics. The expatriates who speak (easy to recognize by their accents) are ignorant of Burma. The female expatriate's view is overly dramatic, too eager to share "hidden knowledge" of Burma, stilted in her understandings. The male expatriate describing trucks at Kyaihto turning over weekly is ridiculous. Personal friends have traveled to Kyaihto throughout their lives many times, and continue to, without incident. And the idea that westerners and tourists have disappeared into Burmese prisons for filming, and less such crimes, is entirely false.

Burma is an incredible place to visit, and I would encourage you to. Please do so with utmost respect of the Burmese people, if you decide to go. Consider where your money is flowing, and learn humility from these beautifully timid, humble people.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page