Friday Feature: They Call It Myanmar (2012)

They Call It Myanmar PosterIn the past two  years, Burma (or Myanmar) has become a hot spot for international development, media attention and famous visitors.   Refugees from ethnic minority hill tribes have been a significant percentage of resettled populations since 2007.

“Shot clandestinely over a two year period, this film provides a rare look into the second most isolated country on the planet held in a stasis by a brutal military regime for almost a half century. From over 100 interviews of people across Burma, including the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, interwoven with stunning footage of Burmese life this documentary is truly unique.” according to the official ImdB description.  According to Burmese-American interpreters and friends, the film is an accurate portrayal and tells a story most of our clients don’t know about their own country of origin.

While it does not emphasize the ongoing issues that cause our clients to flee, this film presents an objective but, at time difficult to watch, portrayal of life for ordinary citizens and a bit of the historical context.

You can learn more at the official website and watch the entire documentary on youtube.

(Every Friday we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

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