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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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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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Equally enlightening and disappointing., 8 February 2013
Author: jchunderhill from United States

Having lived in Burma for four years, I found the film equally enlightening and disappointing. To the outsider - most of the world - Burma is portrayed in the shortsighted way it is understood in the media: Evil government, beautiful people. To portray Burma in this way is true and real. To focus on this completely is to miss Burma.

The film is honest in the views given by locals (easy to recognize by their accents), in their local context and understandings and without global understandings. The film is dishonest in it's lack of vetting of expatriate views. Truly disappointing, seriously lacking journalistic ethics. The expatriates who speak (easy to recognize by their accents) are ignorant of Burma. The female expatriate's view is overly dramatic, too eager to share "hidden knowledge" of Burma, stilted in her understandings. The male expatriate describing trucks at Kyaihto turning over weekly is ridiculous. Personal friends have traveled to Kyaihto throughout their lives many times, and continue to, without incident. And the idea that westerners and tourists have disappeared into Burmese prisons for filming, and less such crimes, is entirely false.

Burma is an incredible place to visit, and I would encourage you to. Please do so with utmost respect of the Burmese people, if you decide to go. Consider where your money is flowing, and learn humility from these beautifully timid, humble people.

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