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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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Stunning footage, distracting narrator
29 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

The documentary contains remarkable interviews and footage. Too bad Robert Lieberman keeps insisting on making his presence known at the cost of the documentary's quality and integrity.

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain could have been a good film. And all in all, it is -- if you can tune out the persistent commentary by Lieberman that adds little to the film other than arrogance.

The anonymous comments by Burmese people offer interesting insights into the formerly isolated nation. (Their identities are never revealed in order to protect their safety. The film never addresses, however, the consequences for the Burmese citizens whom Lieberman films without their consent or knowledge.) The footage -- much of which was filmed clandestinely -- offers a fascinating glimpse at parts of Burma. It could have added up to a much better film.


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