The Top 5 Movies & Documentaries You Need To watch Before Teaching English in Myanmar

on March 15, 2019

If you’re looking for a truly raw and deep cultural experience on the road less traveled, then our Teach English in Myanmar program is for you.

Below we’ve listed five movies and documentaries that will give you an intro to Myanmar and it’s fascinating history and culture.

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Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown

IMDb: 8/10

In the very first episode of the very first season of CNN and Anthony Bourdain’s megahit series Parts Unknown, released in 2013, Anthony gives us a glimpse of life and delicious cuisine in the newly democratic Myanmar. After 50 years of control by the government, this one of the first foreign media crews allowed to film in one of the most beautiful areas in Asia. While the country, and the largest city Yangon, has modernized significantly since this episode was shot, it will give you a deeper understanding of the road this fascinating country has walked to get to where it is today.

The lady

IMDb: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 35%

This is a movie about love, devotion, sacrifice and a family’s quest for liberation in their homeland. It tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi, at the forefront of Burma’s democratic movement, as she seeks justice for her political father’s unjust assassination.

Watching this movie really puts into perspective how far Myanmar has come over the last decade. Check out Jordan’s experience while teaching English in Myanmar.

Burma Storybook

IMDb: 7/10

Burma Storybook is a creative documentary about a country emerging from years of dictatorship, told through Burmese poetry. The film circles around the story of the country’s most famous living dissident poet, as he waits for his long-lost son to return home.

Golden Kingdom

IMDb: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

This extraordinary film is about orphan boys, all monks living in a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of Northeast Burma. The head monk starts on a long journey, leaving the boys alone in the middle of the forest. Once the boys are on their own, strange, magical phenomenons begin to occur.

They Call it Myanmar – Lifting the Curtain

IMDb: 7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Shot over a three-year period in what was the second-most isolated country on the planet, Burma, They call it Myanmar lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a country that was held in the grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years.

They call it Myanmar is a story of beauty, courage, and hope.

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Ntobeko is TravelBud's marketing intern and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Digital Marketing. Read more about him and other TravelBud authors.

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