Published on Mar 19, 2012
The story of Burma, told with stunning footage shot clandestinely over a 2year period by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman. It provides an astonishing and intimate look inside at what has been one of the most isolated countries on the planet, lifting the curtain on the everyday life of the people in this land that has been held hostage by a brutal and superstitious military regime for 48 years.
A revealing interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi conducted
just after her most recent release from house arrest is interwoven with extensive
interviews and interactions with Burmese people from all around this incredibly
diverse nation. The film, culled from over 120 hours of striking images, is an
impressionistic journey that leads across the vastness of Burma. It traces the history
of Burma from its beginnings in the ancient city of Bagan, through colonial times,
recent uprisings, the devastating Cyclone Nargis that killed 150,000 people, and up
to the present day.
During Lieberman's time in Burma he shot video constantly, even though it was
forbidden and risky for him to do so. And now this rare footage forms an unexpected
and expressive portrait of a place they call Myanmar.