They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain
Robert Lieberman, writer and director (PhotoSynthesis Productions, 2012)
This documentary was filmed secretly over a two-year period. It explores everyday life in Myanmar under the military dictatorship. Lieberman, a lecturer of physics at Cornell University, interviewed nearly 100 individuals, including the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was kept under house arrest for many years, to provide a wide range of critiques of the government and its policies. They Call it Myanmar provides important insights about the nature of politics, culture, and society in perhaps the most isolated country today. The film also raises the issue of filmmaking as a political act in providing a critique of the military regime that continues to govern Myanmar.