Monday, 21 June 2010

Burma VJ (2009)

Burma VJ (2009)

Armed with pocket-sized video cameras, a tenacious band of Burmese reporters face down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country. In 2007, after decades of self-imposed silence, Burma became headline news across the globe when peaceful Buddhist monks led a massive rebellion. More than 100,000 people took to the streets protesting a cruel dictatorship that has held the country hostage for more than 40 years. Foreign news crews were banned, the Internet was shut down, and Burma was closed to the outside world. So how did we witness these events? Enter the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), aka the Burma VJs. Compiled from the shaky handheld footage of the DVB, acclaimed filmmaker Anders Ostergaard’s Burma VJ pulls us into the heat of the moment as the VJs themselves become the target of the Burmese government. Their tactical leader, code-named Joshua, oversees operations from a safe hiding place in Thailand. Via clandestine phone calls, Joshua dispenses his posse of video warriors, who covertly film the abuses in their country, then smuggle their footage across the border into Thailand. Joshua ships the footage to Norway, where it is broadcast back to Burma and the world via satellite. Burma VJ plays like a thriller, all the more scary because it is true.

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Courtesy of Socially Responsible Films


Intaki said...

There are enough video cameras in the world now that scary videos come out of all countries.

I do not say this to demean the situation in Burma aka Myanmar, but rather to note that it's a f'ed world that we live in.

mikeinphuket said...

Indeed, I agree with you totally. Don't you feel It's wonderful to see people strong enough to stand up for what is right in the face of torture and death.

This movie shocked me, but also warmed me to the very core of my being.

The truth is essential.