Burma VJ—Reporting from a Closed Country

2009 Denmark
Duration: 84 mins


Since a military coup in 1962, Burma has been a closed country, virtually impenetrable, shrouded in mystery and silence. In September 2007, Burma was suddenly in the headlines when Buddhist monks joined student protesters to lead a public rebellion against government tyranny. Although foreign news crews were banned and the Internet shut down, images of the massive demonstrations and street battles were broadcast around the world—even back into Burma itself, thanks to covert video footage shot by freedom fighters and smuggled out of the country. That footage forms the foundation for Burma VJ and gives a stunning and chilling view of personal courage against brutal repression. The images—and the story of how the images came to light—are deeply absorbing and will endure, despite the darkness that once again cloaks Burma. —PK

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2009 Mountainfilm Festival.
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