About the Film

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.

13 Responses to “About the Film”

  • A story like this must be told worldwide – will you be publishing this on pbs.org or topdocumentaryfilms.com ???

  • We just watched your film and were quite moved. We had intended on visiting there in February while on our trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam but could not fit it in. We are definitely planning to visit there some day. I would like to know if there has been any progress in the education system. It is a tragedy that children are not able to go to school. Thank you for taking time to do this film and educate the rest of the world about what is happening in Myanmar. God Bless you.

  • In reply to Susan Bownam – no, the school situation is just as bad as ever. One thing the documentary only touched on briefly was the even more desperate plight of the ethnic minorities, such as the Chin and Kachin. Their prospects for getting an education are even worse than the Burmese.

  • We just watched the movie. It touches me in many different level, about the true meaning of life, even in a poor country, lack of the freedom to express their thinking. It is very inspiring for me. I appreciate the delicate work all of you have offered to share the lift curtain world!

  • I feel many people in my country (the US) have no idea how many others in the world live everyday……especially the stark contrast between the wealthy and the poor that exists. I am so glad we found your film on the Netflix service. It was very moving, and thank you for bringing their story to the world in such a beautiful way.

  • I love your film,, how can I get the soundtrack?

    • Hey Buzz, we’re happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, we have not yet created a final soundtrack for public distribution; however, that’s good idea and we will look into it further. Thank you for your support Buzz!

  • Please consider submitting this film to Film Southasia 2013, which takes place in October (Kathmandu, Nepal). FSA is a great platform for documentaries and non-fiction based around issues in South Asia, to be shared amongst others who will the same purpose of truth, justice and telling compelling stories.

    Thank you, great work!!

    • Hi Nischal, thank you for bringing this to our attention; we are now working on our submission to Film Southasia 2013! Thank you for the encouragement!

  • I am deeply moved by your film. It is very touching and sad, yet the country still has new hope. I love the bonus section a lot because it shows that the young generations are creating and shaping the country to be better. The daily life of common people is hard and beyond my imagination. I want to let more people know about the film and the situation of Myanmar, therefore I wrote a blog entry. It is so far the most popular post on my blog. I hardly have money to donate. However I suggest that you can contact some schools, charities and community centres to arrange for showings. I think that it will be very beneficial for educational purpose. More students and the public will have more opportunities to know what it is going on in this country. That may encourage them to take actions. Selling sound track is a good idea too. I wish that we can get more people talking and thinking of Myanmar. That way more people will take actions, and eventually things will improve. I wish that I can be more helpful.

    • I forgot to mention that you can also contact the professors and researchers in the fields of Asian studies, filming, history, politics, economics, etc. The social sciences educators and researchers should be interested and may consider taking the film as part of the teaching materials or research references. They can then apply for funding and may contribute to the potential improvement and further the understanding of Myanmar. I really wish you all the best for you made such a great documentary film revealing what others have long ignored or neglected. I wish the lives the best.

  • Thank you so much for making this excellent film. And I was so happy to see a lot of Ithaca/Cornell contribution. I live in Ithaca, NY. I would like to help start schools in Myanmar. Any suggestions where to start? I know of only one nonprofit that helps with education of the Karen people in the more remote areas of Myanmar. Here is a second Dining for Women – sponsored education project in Myanmar I just learned about, http://diningforwomen.org/programs/girl-determined/ Is it safe to go to Myanmar and teach? Is there a US Embassy that could offer any kind of protection?

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