7.1/10
249
4 user 24 critic

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012)

Trailer
2:34 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

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)

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason M. Fitzpatrick, Ric Serena
Departures (TV Series 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Aimed at the adventure seeker, Departures is an action-packed and personal journey about two travelers. Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach leave their lives behind in search of unique ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach, Andre Dupuis
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 7.5/10 X  

Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Bruce
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Paul Volcker, Janet Yellen
Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An award-winning film that has been called "A Must Watch" by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross. Living on One Dollar follows the journey of four ... See full summary »

Directors: Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ryan Christoffersen, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard
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
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
Virunga (2014)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world's mountain gorillas; in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for Congo's natural resources.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Stars: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby
Ethos I (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

Director: Pete McGrain
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Justin Lewis, Bill Hogan
Waste Land (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

On the outskirts of Rio de Janiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Vik Muniz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Stars: Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.

Director: Scott Thurman
Stars: Don McLeroy, Kathy Miller, Jonathan Saenz
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

Fascninating - keep reading...
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?


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

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page