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Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008)

Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (original title)
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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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Anders Østergaard
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Ko Muang Ko Muang ... Self
Aung San Suu Kyi ... Self
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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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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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An uprising
14 May 2010 | by GethinVanHSee all my reviews

Burma is an oppressive military state. It's illegal to protest in public. Men with guns will come and take you away if you do it. In 2007 a massive uprising began in the country when fuel prices became too high.

The images of the monks marching in the streets were the defining image of this uprising but this documentary shows a lot more footage, the really important footage which is worth seeing.

The video journalists in Burma (Myanmar) record everything undercover and sneak the footage out of the country so it can be broadcast around the world.

The images are pretty stark, the army shooting unarmed civilians in the street, beating up and carrying away monks, a dead monk floating in a river the day after they were arrested.

This is a very good documentary about the people rising up and fighting what is pretty much an impossibly authoritarian force. The soldiers have guns, the civilians have flags and video cameras. It's not hard to see who will win when you think of it this way. And yet the students, monks and rest of the people in the streets never waiver. They march onward, even saying, "Those who don't fear death, come to the front". That's bravery. Our political fights in North America and the rest of the Western world, while important are a mere shadow compared to the people of Myanmar.

Burma is of course only one story of an authoritarian government, there are many more. Canadian and American companies regularly do business with this regime and rape the land of its resources. It's pretty obvious why Canadian troops are "fighting for democracy" in Afghanistan instead of Burma. We don't don't control the resources there, we do in Burma.


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Burmese | English

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (Denmark) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,554, 24 May 2009

Gross USA:

$51,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,063
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