Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
BURMA VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
A documentary film by Anders Østergaard
84 minutes, 2010. NTSC DVD
Burmese, English. English and French subtitles. Denmark.
Anders Østergaard’s award-winning documentary shows a rare inside look into the 2007 uprising in Myanmar through the cameras of the independent journalist group, Democratic Voice of Burma.
While 100,000 people (including thousands of Buddhist monks) took to the streets to protest the repressive regime that has held them hostage for over 40 years, foreign news crews were banned from entering and the Internet was shut down. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) recorded these historic and dramatic events on handicams and smuggled the footage out of the country, where it was broadcast worldwide via satellite. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs vividly document the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police – even after they themselves become targets of the authorities.
Winner of over 40 International Awards
Academy Award® Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2010
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“'Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country' Review” - The Washington Post
“'Burma VJ' shows dangers of free press ” - Sun Media
“'Burma VJ': Reporting: Freedom fighters” - The Toronto Star
“Anatomy of an uprising” - The Guardian
“Heartbreaking covert footage skillfully exposes Myanmar's thugocracy” - The Globe and Mail
“'Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country': recording Burmese atrocities” - The Seattle Times
“Cams Over Burma: Joshua Reports for 'Burma VJ'” - AOL
Director: Anders Østergaard
Writers: Anders Østergaard + Jan Krogsgaard
Producer: Lise-Lense Møller
Co-Producer: WG Film/Mediamente/Kamoli Films
Featuring: George W. Bush, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ko Maung
BONUS FEATURESAudio commentary with the director and filmmaker
Fighting For Freedom: Video interview with Burma VJ "Joshua"
Burmese monks' stories from the uprisings televised on the Democratic Voice of Burma
A message from Richard Gere
Crossing Midnight: a riveting film about refugees on the Thai-Burmese border