But what is missing from "They Call It Myanmar" is what beckons now. Even hardened human rights activists and dissidents view the changes of the past year as the country's most significant in the half-century since the military took power.
The film's touching closing sequences tell of people's aspirations. One Burmese tearfully speaks of how Myanmar is a proud country, but one that needs help to stand on its own feet. Another simply yearns "to speak, read and write poetry the way your heart tells you to do it."