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.
A compelling portrait of an entire nation being kept in captivity and ignorance.
The images and interviews Robert H. Lieberman and his crew have managed to capture are eye-opening enough to justify the dangerous effort.
| Original Score: 3/4
I've never seen a documentary with more smiling faces.
Eye-opening and insightful.
| Original Score: 4/5
An incredible, clandestinely shot portrait of underclass life and love [that] also illustrates the gap between populace and regime, which is a dignified goal and achievement.
| Original Score: B+
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.
No Myanmar Spring here.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Lieberman captures the singular human story playing out in the former British colony of Burma/Myanmar where brutality and Karma have been the principle features.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Above its other admirable attributes, this unique documentary presents a wide scope of the culture and very human side of the unknown land 'quite unlike any you will ever know.'
While "They Call It Myanmar" is certainly more encouraging than previous films on this long-repressed country, fears of persecution continue to loom large.
Although owing a bit too much to a Travel Channel episode, this is a valuable look at a country undergoing important and necessary changes.
A solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman.
| Original Score: 2.5/4