Still from Burma VJ
Still from Burma VJ
 

On Demand

Burma VJ

by Anders Østergaard
Reconstruction of Burmese uprising against the military regime, and the citizen journalists who secretly documented the revolution.
2008  ·  1h24m  ·  Denmark
Burmese, English
English subs
About the Film

In BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY, acclaimed filmmaker Anders Østergaard combines original footage recorded by undercover video journalists from the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) with controversial dramatic reconstruction of demonstrations, from the emergence of the protests in 2007 through the 2008 Saffron Revolution.

In this riveting film, material shot in the streets of Rangoon is smuggled out of the country through Thailand, and broadcast back into Burma via satellite. “Joshua”, age 27, is one of the young video journalists, who works undercover to counter the propaganda of the military regime. Joshua is suddenly thrown into the role as tactical leader of his group of reporters, when the monks lead a massive but peaceful uprising against the military regime. After decades of oblivion – Burma returns to the world stage, but at the same time foreign TV crews are banned from entering the country, so it is left to Joshua and his crew to document the events and establish a lifeline to the surrounding world.

Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
2009
Sundance Film Festival, Nominated, Grand Jury Prize
2009
European Film Awards, Nominated, Best Documentary Award
2009
PGA Awards, Nominated, Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
2010
Academy Awards, Nominated, Best Documentary, Features
2008
Amsterdam International Film Festival, Winner, Joris Ivens Award
2008
Amsterdam International Film Festival, Winner, Movies That Matter Award
2009
Sundance Film Festival, Winner, World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award
2009
Robert Film Festival, Winner, Best Documentary, Robert Film Festival
2009
National Board of Review, USA, Winner, Freedom of Expression Award
2009
Boulder International Film Festival, Winner, Grand Prize
2009
Bodil Awards, Winner, Best Documentary
In the Press
Review
The Guardian
Editor
Janus Billeskov-Jansen and Thomas Papapetros
Cinematographer
Simon Plum and The Burmese VJs
Producer
Lise-Lense Møller and Cecilia Valsted
Writer
Anders Østergaard and Jan Krogsgaard
Production Company
WG Film, Mediamente and Kamoli Films

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