They Call It Myanmar

3 out of 5 stars
Monks stroll at dusk in They Call It Myanmar
Monks stroll at dusk in They Call It Myanmar

Filmed on the sly over three years (when director Robert H. Lieberman was working at the U.S. embassy in Burma), They Call It Myanmar presents a multifaceted look at the world’s second-most–isolated country. Offering historical background on the nation’s 50 years of government repression while capturing the dire poverty and enthusiastic religious pilgrimages of its citizens, the doc also portrays a generous and curious people, many of whom haven’t given up a longing for democracy. 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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By: Andrew Schenker


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70 mins

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