They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain Reviews
I only wish the author could have spent more time investigating and reporting on the even more desperate plight of the ethnic minorities - the Chin, Kachin, etc.
While never dwelling on any topic, except poverty, this piece gives an overview of the conditions within this isolated country. It explores their religious beliefs, their education system, their cultural treasures and the misguided nature of their military regime. The interviews are surprising (and conceal the identities of those who speak) in that these topics are just never spoken of in their country.
But there is little here that calls for action and no solutions are suggested. It is a time capsule, not a politically motivated piece, which saps a lot of the fire behind the idea of clandestine filming.
Lieberman also spends a good deal of time exploring religion in this devoutly Buddhist country and uses it to explain the reaction to the monks being attacked by government troops a few years ago. At the same time, he uses the people's supposedly fatalistic attitudes in explaining why they have not risen up to rebel. In reality, most societies, even those repressive like Burma's, exist firmly rooted in a status quo until a spark sets them off. At least there are signs that things are starting to turn around politically since Lieberman is able to talk to Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for decades.