• About


    Shot clandestinely over a 2-year period by best-selling novelist and filmmaker, Robert H. Lieberman, this film provides a rare look at the second-most isolated country on the planet. It lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years.


    This unique feature length documentary, culled from over 120 hours of striking images, is an impressionistic journey. Interviews and interactions with more than 100 people throughout Burma, including an interview with the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, are interwoven with spectacular footage of this little seen nation and its people.


    Though Burma has tumbled from one of the most prosperous and advanced countries in Southeast Asia to one of the world’s poorest, “They Call It Myanmar” is a story of beauty, courage and hope.


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  • Reviews

    “‘They Call It Myanmar’ is a thing of beauty… a documentary with all the virtues of a great feature film; its cinematography, music and contemplative words make it… a hymn to a land that has grown out of the oldest cultures in Asia.”


    One of Roger Ebert's 12 best documentaries of 2012.


    ”‘They Call It Myanmar’ reveals a face long hidden… the result is eye-opening and insightful”



    “The documentary is as quietly enthralling as Myanmar’s people. Variously tough and poetic… Lieberman possesses a warm and genuine curiosity.”



    “There are a number of quietly startling moments . . . a solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma… Lieberman manages to capture the country’s beauty, along with the proud perseverance of its people.”



    “…Defies the odds of creating a travelogue and, instead, delivers a compelling portrait . . . dwells with you . . . the definitive film on a country…”



    “Filmmakers capture Myanmar.”



    “…The images of the people linger in the imagination . . . images of a country that is achingly beautiful…”



    “The striking beauty of the country; the people; the decayed infrastructure; the extreme poverty; archival footage; an interview with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi; Robert H. Lieberman has put together a collage of voices sounds and images. A labor of Love.”



    “…Pries the lid off daily life in what has long been one of world’s most isolated and repressed places . . . absorbs the country’s charms and cruelties and spills them out with disarming curiosity.”



    “…Inspiring . . . a powerful work…”



    “With Myanmar on the verge of truly opening up, the best possible introduction is likely Robert H. Lieberman’s film, ‘They Call It Myanmar’.”



    “…They Call It Myanmar presents a multifaceted look at the world’s second-most-isolated country.”



    “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.”



    “The film provides one of the ultimate functions of a documentary, taking us into the life and culture of a people most of us would never know. …Not just interesting, but timely.”



    “Burma Documentary Takes US by Storm . . . The film’s touching closing sequences tell of people’s aspirations.”



    “…An extraordinary documentary . . . an important, must-see film…”



    “This is the best film I’ve seen about Burma…”



    “…An astonishing and intimate look…”



    “This stunning and unprecedented view of Burma offers a unique look… An extensive and rare interview with Aung San Suu Kyi guides the film through the millenia…”


    • Times Square Gossip


    “It’s a great example of the potential power of film . . . It may not be a big production, but it has a big heart.”


    • Saturday Night at the Movies, Berkeley, CA


    “You will be unable to stop caring about Burma after this movie.”


    • Ambassador Ken Brill


    “I cried while watching it.”


    • Aung Din, U.S. Campaign For Burma


    “You’ll be amazed.”


    • Aye Chan Naing, The Democratic Voice of Burma


    “Powerfully exposes the real sense of fear that people in Burma live with every day.”


    • Mark Farmaner, Campaign for Burma, UK


    “Emotionally engaging and visually stunning. In a rare and revealing interview, Aung San Suu Kyi Brings authority and impact to this production.”


    • Øyvind Håbrekke, Member of Norwegian Parliament


    “Days later, I am still thinking about the quiet bravery and extraordinary peacefulness of the Burmese people. This film will make a very deep impression on you.”


    • Caroline Butler, Amnesty International, Bath U.K.


    “The show sold out and the audience was very receptive. I found it fascinating, so thank you for letting us show it.”


    • Emma Mortimore, GM, Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh


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