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They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012)

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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 »

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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

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

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


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