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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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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 Swartout .... consultant
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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Stunning footage, distracting narrator, 29 December 2012
Author: ck102

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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