• Reviews

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    “‘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