They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain
Watched on Netflix. Reading a bit on the net, you find that there are some factual errors in the film. There is also a tendency towards exaggeration, which seemed especially noticeable when you compare the last ten minutes with the rest of the film. This is a docudrama, just like any other documentary is docudrama. While not scripted reality, certainly it is well-edited and polished story telling. Having said that, this movie has a 100% rating (based on 13 reviews) at Rotten Tomatoes. And there's a good reason for that.
It's profoundly beautiful, and profoundly sad.
How much of that beauty and sadness exactly mirrors reality I don't know for sure. But if taken not as an attempt at objective history, or a dispassionate anthropological report, but rather as a sympathetic portrait of a people, it succeeds in almost every way. I knew that there was exaggeration and inconsistency, and frankly I didn't care. It is authentic and honest enough. This is a story of a people who seem mostly content, despite having a horrible "quality of life" according to most measurements. It makes you wonder who really is worse off. They have nothing and seem content; yet I have a comparably absurd amount of luxury and am filled with anxiety and ingratitude. I'm not saying I want to live that life... I wouldn't last a week walking in their shoes--or at least the shoes of the poorer people. I just don't know whether it's more proper for me to feel bad for them or them to feel bad for me.
Anyway, I definitely recommend it. If you take the time to watch all those summer Hollywood movies, but skip this, then shame on you for six weeks.