Raising the Bamboo Curtain (1995)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Rob Ferrier

Raising the Bamboo Curtain is a two-tape set that attempts to introduce viewers to the realities of postwar Southeast Asia, presenting the people of the region and offering an exposition on what the future may hold for an area torn asunder by war for the last four decades. Narrated by Martin Sheen, this second tape of the series reintroduces Western eyes to the travails of the two nations. They are nations wracked by civil conflict and blessed with the lasting evidence of the peoples that have passed through these beautiful countries. In that vein, the ruins at Angkor Wat and Plains of Pagan are investigated thoroughly. Opinions are also offered on what the future might hold for these two nations.