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Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008)

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Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

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Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

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$6,820, 24 May 2009, Limited Release

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$50,436, 9 August 2009
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Narrator: We have do rely on handicamns. But the things we did with theses things could shook up the people of Burma, as well as the people around the world.
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1984 in 2007
5 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Burma (where, ironically, George Orwell was born) is perhaps the country in the world that most resembles an Orwellian nightmare, under the grip of a repressive military dictatorship for over 40 years. In the west, we don't usually hear much about it, which is, one suspects, much as its rulers would like. But this absorbing documentary tells the story of a (sadly failed) revolt that took place in 2007, as well as the story of those who reported it in defiance of the authorities. And it's a shocking film to see: if the monks protest against the government, the government has no qualms about killing the monks. When the army (for whatever reason) refused to break ranks with its generals, the revolution was doomed; fundamentally, no-one want to die. The generals' propaganda would almost be funny if it wasn't backed up by the utter willingness to use lethal force, even in the face of peaceful protest. 'Burma VJ' is an important testament to the grim reality of life in the country; but at the end, even the resistance leaders are despairing of hope.


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