Burma VJ

Rated NR 2009

Ever since the 1988 crackdown and establishment of the military junta in Burma, private video cameras have been banned by the government, which makes this documentary all the more remarkable. It’s a loose-knit compilation by Danish director Anders Østergaard of clandestine vid reportage, by ordinary Burmese calling themselves the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), of anti-junta demonstrations in 2007 Rangoon — violent suppression of protest, the body of a dissenting Buddhist monk floating in a stream, etc. The footage was then smuggled out of the country physically when the government shut down the Internet. Powerful stuff (84 min.).

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