Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country Poster

Release Date: May 20th, 2009

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
Thousands of citizens of Myanmar take to the streets in several cities to protest the Asian nation's repressive regime. The protests take on a new degree of seriousness when dozens of monks launch their own marches down city streets. This documentary from Anders Ostergaard focuses on the work of videographers and citizen journalists who defy the government's crackdown on the media -- a brave bunch who manage to transmit footage of the uprising to the outside world.

Cast: George W. Bush

Director: Anders Østergaard

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: Oscilloscope Pictures

Keywords: Fascinating, Quest, Gripping, 2000s, Transformation, Inspiring, Police officer, Sacrifice

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  • Burma VJ’ retorts that eyes and ears are everywhere in our ever-tightening global communications mesh. Voices, too, and they get heard. The generals and the ayatollahs have every right to be scared. show more

  • In preparing Burma VJ, Ostergaard decided to reconstruct some scenes with scripted dialogue -- in part to explain events, but also to protect the participants. This material, shot in darkened offices and apartments, feels both accurate and necessary. show more

  • The most compelling footage was taken during the uprising of August and September 2007, which put a bad scare into the government because a large number of Buddhist monks played a prominent role. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)