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Reviews and announcements of videos and films on Burma

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Title: Friends in High Places (about)
Date of publication: 2001
Description/subject: directed by Lindsey Merrison – Burma, 86 minutes. 56 minute version also available. video sale $225 rental $65 “Buddhism and nat worship are like mangoes and bananas” "...Whether contending with a deceitful daughter-in-law, forecasting financial prospects for a tea shop, or freeing a husband from government detainment, Friends in High Places reveals the central role of nats and spirit mediums in alleviating the day to day burdens of modern Burmese life..".
Author/creator: Lindsey Merrison
Language: English
Alternate URLs: http://www.der.org/films/friends-in-high-places-preview.html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Our Burmese Days
Date of publication: 1996
Description/subject: by Lindsey Merrison color, 94 minutes, rd 1996 video sale $225, rental $65 "An examination of biculturalism wrapped in an extraordinary personal odyssey. "Our Burmese Days" is also a fascinating defacto glimpse of life in a country that's rarely covered in the media today. Now known as Myanmar, the film's title is a reference to the novel "Burmese Days" by George Orwell, who worked for a time in the country's colonial police force...B&W footage of the war in Burma is well integrated with modern views and memories. The camera gives a a feel for contemporary life, both urban and rural without being "touristy". The filmmaker had long negotiations with the country's military for a permit to shoot this film. While the political situation is only hinted at the film is eloquent about the violence of world and family history; eloquent about the anguish and spiritual expense of hating one's own origins..."
Author/creator: Lindsey Merrison
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003