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BURMA VJ

by Anders Østergaard

synopsis

Armed with small handy cams, undercover Video Journalists in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country despite risking torture and life in jail. Their material is smuggled out of Burma and broadcast back via satellite. 'Joshua', age 27, becomes tactical leader of a group of reporters, as Buddhist monks in September 2007 lead a massive uprising. Foreign TV crews are banned from the country, so it's left to Joshua and his crew to keep the revolution alive on TV screens all over. As government intelligence understands the power of the camera, the VJs become their prime target.

international title: Burma VJ
original title: Burma VJ
country: Denmark
sales agent: First Hand Films
year: 2008
genre: documentary
directed by: Anders Østergaard
film run: 85'
release date: DK 12/11/2008
screenplay: Anders Østergaard, Jan Krogsgaard
cinematography by: Simon Plum, Burmese Video Journalists
film editing: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Thomas Papapetros
producer: Lise Lense-Møller
production: Magic Hour Films APS
backing: The Danish Filministitute, DR Dokumentar, Danida (DK), Channel Four Television Corporation (UK)
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