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BURMA VJ

Denmark, 2008 (MIFF 2009, States of Dissent)

Director: Anders Østergaard

BURMA VJ

“Who did they shoot?… A guy with a camera.”

While those in the West might bemoan the falling standards of news media, the Burmese live in a world where journalism of any kind is illegal. Just being found with a camera can have you killed in the streets.

In extraordinary acts of bravery, the Democratic Voice of Burma risk their lives to show the world what is really happening in repressive state. This group of anonymous journalists, armed with handy cams, documented the 2007 uprising against the junta. Burma VJ is the result, capturing the excitement of daily marches led by Buddhist monks - and the brutality of the inevitable reprisals.

Directed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard (Tintin and I, MIFF 04), Burma VJ has received multiple awards, including top prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

D Anders Østergaard P Lise Lense-Møller WS First Hand Films L English, Burmese w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2008

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