They Call it Myanmar - Lifting the Curtain

Robert H. Lieberman, USA, 2011, color, HDcam, 90'

A rare glimpse behind the scenes in Burma - or Myanmar, as the ruling military junta renamed it in 1989 - one of the most isolated countries in the world. Writer and filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman secretly filmed the everyday lives of ordinary citizens over a period of two years - lives defined by food shortages, power cuts, and a lack of health care and education. This land of countless golden pagodas that not so long ago was renowned as the "rice bowl of Asia" is now a place of terrible poverty, which has led to widespread child labor and trafficking. In a remarkable interview, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks about the recent history of Burma and her many years under house arrest for her political activities. Anonymous commentators talk about the character of this regime, which has absolutely no communication with its population, but uses physical repression to hold the country in its iron grip. We also see how Buddhism has influenced the way in which the Burmese deal with the difficult living conditions. This film is a portrait of a land where beauty and decay, and fear and courage, closely coexist.

Errol Morris's Top 10 selection announced September 29, 2015 | The Top 10 selection by renowned filmmaker Errol Morris for IDFA 2015 has been announced. The list includes classics such as Werner Herzog's Fata Morgana and Frederick Wiseman's Welfare as well as Nick Broomfield's most recent film Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
Opening film: A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert September 22, 2015 | The 28th edition of IDFA will open with A Family Affair by Dutch director Tom Fassaert, an exploration of the director's own delicate family history.
IDFA and the Stedelijk Museum present Don't Blink - Robert Frank September 15, 2015 | The work of American photographer Robert Frank will be in the spotlight at the upcoming IDFA.


IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 12 hour ago
RT @FestivalScope: THOSE WHO FEEL THE FIRE BURNING, #GoldenCalf for Best Long #Documentary & Best #Sound Design http…
IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 13 hour ago
Help filmmakers Gulistan en Elissa door vandaag nog te doneren aan #LailaAtTheBridge en je donatie wordt verdubbeld!
VPROOxfam Novibde VolkskrantBankGiro LoterijFonds 21VSBfondsBeijing Documentary Development Association