July 8th, 2012


They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain

A very interesting short course on the history and status of Burma/Myanmar.  Sad, because as a British colony, Burma had the second highest standard of living in Asia.  Now it's a fairly typical third world place where a ruling class lives in posh affluence at the expense of the common folk, who often have to pawn their possessions for a bus ride to work.

I was blown away by how beautiful the people are for the most part, especially the kids.  There were a few people in the film with crooked or rotten teeth, but not many.  Most of them have large, straight, blindingly white teeth.  I can't imagine they have national dental care that amounts to anything.  It's got to be genetics or a diet thing.  Somebody needs to go study it.

The film really endears the Burmese people to you.  You walk out wanting to help somehow.