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They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain -- 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.
They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain -- This feature-length film was shot clandestinely over a 2-year period by best-selling novelist and filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman while he worked for the US Embassy in Burma.  Interviews and interactions with hundreds of people, including a rare and reveali


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27 February 2012 (USA) See more »
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Aung San Suu Kyi ... Herself

Directed by
Robert H. Lieberman 
Writing credits
David Kossack (story) (as David L. Kossack)

Produced by
H. Harreld Dinkins .... associate producer
Deborah C. Hoard .... producer
Robert H. Lieberman .... producer
Cinematography by
Robert H. Lieberman 
Film Editing by
David Kossack  (as David L. Kossack)
Art Department
Jeanne Butler .... print artist
Sound Department
Chris Julian .... additional audio recording
Nicholas LaVerne .... sound mixer
Norm Scott .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Garth Avery .... motion graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Chavet .... still photographer
Robert H. Lieberman .... still photographer
Music Department
Cameron T. Hoard .... musical director
Other crew
Amber Alexander .... administrative assistant
Billy Boyce .... production assistant
Tom Corey .... consultant
Christian Donovan .... administrative assistant
Lou Fong .... production assistant
Lee Fritz .... dvd authoring
Markia Gwara .... administrative assistant
Ben R. Johnson .... production assistant (as Ben Johnson)
Kai Keane .... production assistant
Robbie Lyons .... production assistant
Michael McGuire .... consultant
Zaw Myint .... translator
Yi-Ki Peng .... production assistant
Tom Swartwout .... consultant (as Tom Swartout)
Liam Wickes-Do .... production assistant
Chloe Wilson .... production assistant
Tin Win .... paintings of Hill Tribe Peoples courtesy of
Matthew Winberg .... technical support
Kenneth Wong .... translator
Andrew Young .... consultant

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84 min
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Awarded "Best Documentary" at the 2012 River Film Festival in Padua, Italy.See more »
Aung San Suu Kyi:I think politicians who think they've gone beyond being politicians are very dangerous.See more »


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Burma Is Different, 11 January 2013
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

Yes, Burma is different. I thought this documentary made that point quite well. It's a fascinating look at Burmese culture and society and the conditions that the Burmese people live in. It makes the point that Burma is still very much untouched by the rest of the world, and it includes some fascinating scenes, filmed in spite of the authorities apparently not being very sympathetic to filming. It's obviously very sympathetic to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader who spent most of two decades under house arrest for her political activities, and she's interviewed extensively and provides a lot of reflections on Burmese culture and history. Special attention is given to the problems in education and health care that the country faces.

At the same time, there's some sense of balance to this as well. It's a little bit like "Kimjongilia," for example, except that "Kimjongilia" was obviously opposed to the Kim dynasty in Korea and the movie itself was almost outright appealing for help in getting rid of the dynasty. This film doesn't demonize the authorities (and especially the ruling generals) in the same way. It doesn't portray them in a good light, but it does at least concede that they do what they do because this is how they were raised, and that they really do believe that what they're doing is right for the country. That sort of balanced perspective, even though it's clear that Robert Lieberman, who made the film, is sympathetic to Aung, gives the film greater credibility to me.

For a pretty good portrayal of a very mysterious and still isolated land, this deserves a lot of credit. (8/10)

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