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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 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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27 February 2013 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching They Call it Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain, and it was very enlightening to me.

Before give my review, let me say: I read a few other reviews, and while they gave low scores, there are points they mentioned which I'd like to discuss.

My major point is the mention(s) of 'poverty;' in this documentary - and others - on similar topics, is they point out the people living in 'abject poverty.' What they mean is they're living in a DOLLAR poverty.

While watching this - and mentally comparing Myanmar to North Korea (the 1st most 'isolated country'), I couldn't help but notice the very obvious distinctions.

The North Koreans were visibly suffering - from both malnutrition, and fear - of their government.

Myanmar, by contrast, the people are (apparently) well-fed. While they do not discuss their (no argument from me) 'repressive' government, the overall emotional state of the populace is the direct opposite of North Koreans.

I feel that the mention of 'poverty' is more akin to what us westerners believe constitute as 'freedom;' our DOLLAR power.

I saw a country full of people who have not (yet) been corrupted with the jack-hammer of us Westerners - our 'gift' of GAP stores, 'REALTY TV,' credit cards, et al.

Instead, I saw a country's people who are striving for KNOWLEDGE - who's SPIRIT had NOT been broken.

While I DO believe that things need to be fixed, I DON'T wish for the Burmese to have their souls 'sold to the devil' - their beautiful society turned into yet another bland, tourist spot for westerners.

I would wish they could have better universities, better government, but, NOT our western 'values.' Saying all this, I found They Call It Myanmar both a fascinating look at a country on the threshold, and it's amazing people.

The question is: a 'threshold' to what?


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