Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country

    • Anders Ostergaard
    • Denmark, Sweden, England, Norway

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    Footage from the uprising in Burma screens on every news channel. But who are the reporters behind the cameras? How do they work? They are not looking for fame nor heroism, yet day after day they risk their life to show the world how life in the sealed off country really is. After decades of oblivion, Burma suddenly returned to the world stage in a spectacular fashion. It was in September 2007, when peaceful Buddhist monks led a massive uprising against Burma's military regime. Foreign TV crews were banned from entering the country, and the task of reporting the dramatic events was left to a handful of Burmese reporters working undercover at great personal risk. It was their footage shot with tiny handycams and smuggled out of the country that kept the revolution alive on TV screens all over the world.

    Credits

    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: English, Burmese
    Director
    Anders Ostergaard
    Production
    Lise Lense Moller for Magic Hour Films, Lise Lense-Møller for Magic Hour Films
    Co-production
    WG Film AB, Mediamente AS, Kamoli Films
    Involved TV Channel
    NRK, SVT, Channel 4, YLE, DR Dokumentar

    IDFA history

    2009
    Screened
    Panorama
    2008
    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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