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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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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 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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Fascninating - keep reading..., 27 February 2013
Author: U.N. Owen from NYC

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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