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Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country

Rated NR 2009

Since the 1962 military coup that overthrew the elected government in Burma (now Myanmar), citizens there have been subjected to censorship and flagrant human rights abuses. But in 2007, when skyrocketing fuel prices sparked protests in Rangoon, a tiny network of video journalists—the Democratic Voice of Burma—smuggled out footage from cell phones and DV-cams that quickly jumped to global TV and the Internet. For this chilling exposé, Danish director Anders Ostergaard mixes the clandestine images with artful reenactments to show how revered Buddhist monks galvanized people to demonstrate, only to be met with tear gas, beatings, and, in the case of a visiting Japanese journalist, murder. In English and subtitled Burmese. 86 min.

Film Credits

Official Site: burmavjcom.title.dk

Director: Anders Ostergaard

Writer: Jan Krogsgaard and Anders Ostergaard

Producer: Lise Lense-Møller

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