They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain Image

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  • Summary: The story of Burma, told with stunning footage shot clandestinely over a 2 ­year period by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman. It provides an astonishing and intimate look inside at what has been one of the most isolated countries on the planet, lifting the curtain on the everyday life of the people in this land that has been held hostage
    by a brutal and superstitious military regime for 48 years. A revealing interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi conducted just after her most recent release from house arrest is interwoven with extensive interviews and interactions with Burmese people from all around this incredibly diverse nation. The film, culled from over 120 hours of striking images, is an impressionistic journey that leads across the vastness of Burma. It traces the history of Burma from its beginnings in the ancient city of Bagan, through colonial times, recent uprisings, the devastating Cyclone Nargis that killed 150,000 people, and up to the present day. (PhotoSynthesis Productions)
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 18, 2012
    What I've come away with is a notion of a land which, despite its crushing problems, has produced a population that seems extraordinarily radiant.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Sep 18, 2012
    The images and interviews Robert H. Lieberman and his crew have managed to capture are eye-opening enough to justify the dangerous effort.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 18, 2012
    This documentary is not just interesting, but timely.
  4. Reviewed by: Karsten Kastelan
    Sep 18, 2012
    A compelling portrait of an entire nation being kept in captivity and ignorance.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 18, 2012
    And yet it still works, so buoyed is the film by its open and honest take on a subject that would have been all too easy to turn into another marketable tragedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 18, 2012
    A solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 18, 2012
    Only Lieberman's intrusive, slightly arrogant onscreen presence distracts from the profile, introducing an unwanted hint of American privilege to the film's perspective.

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