From the Spectrum Theatre’s website:
One show only Wednesday 9/26 at 7 pm
This special screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local refugees from Burma and staff and volunteers from the Albany Field Office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
This is filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman’s impressionistic journey, culled from over 200 hours of striking footage, that explores the depth and vastness of Burma, from its vibrant indigenous culture to its revolving door of pre- and post-colonial dictatorships. During Lieberman’s time in Burma, working first for the U.S. embassy and then an NGO, he shot footage continually, though it was strictly forbidden – and dangerous. Now his footage forms an unexpected and expressive portrait of a place they call Myanmar, a nation that is a mystery to much of the world. The film traces the history of Burma (the colonial name of the country, used today by Aung Sun Suu Kyi and other dissidents of the current military junta) from its beginnings in the ancient city of Bagan, through colonial times, through recent uprisings and the devastating Cyclone Nargis that killed 150,000 people. The film continues through the present day with Aung San Suu Kyi’s long-delayed in-person acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway in June of this year. As the story unfolds, we see the unique and powerful role Burmese Buddhism plays in the culture and politics of the nation. On the heels of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from nearly two decades of house arrest and her historic trip to Norway to finally accept her Nobel Peace Prize, the debut of this remarkable film could not be more timely. Lieberman is a best-selling novelist, award winning filmmaker and a long time member of the Physics faculty at Cornell University. “They Call It Myanmar is a thing of beauty, a documentary with all the virtues of a great feature film; its cinematography, music and contemplative words make it a hymn to a land that has grown out of the oldest cultures in Asia. The film has taken on an unexpected buzz.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times. 84 min.