Top Reviews


“…A dozen of the best documentaries I saw in 2012.”
Roger Ebert’s Journal, Chicago Sun Times

“‘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.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

” ‘They Call It Myanmar’ reveals a face long hidden… the result is eye-opening and insightful”
New York Times: Critics’ Pick

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

“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.”
The Washington Post

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

“Filmmakers capture Myanmar.”
New York Times

“…Robert H. Lieberman’s exceptional, truthful and exciting documentary . . . a documentary with all the virtues of a great feature film.  He has succeeded brilliantly.”
San Francisco Examiner

“…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.”
BBC World News

“…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.”
Associated Press

“…Inspiring . . . a powerful work…”
Time Out Beijing, China

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

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

“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.”
Village Voice

“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.”
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

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

“…An astonishing and intimate look…”
Northwest Asian Weekly

“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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