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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 16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Ko Muang Ko Muang ... Himself
Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi ... Herself
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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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monk | burma | fear | arrest | network | See All (19) »


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Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Language:

Burmese | English

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (Denmark) See more »

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Burma VJ See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,820, 24 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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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Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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A very brave film.
25 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While "Burma VJ" isn't the easiest film in the world to watch, it is a very important and brave one. Like such documentaries as "The Square" and "Karama Has No Walls", it consists of some amateur filmmakers risking their lives to record efforts to bring democracy to their nations by standing up to the thugs running the government. Unfortunately, while all these are very brave films, the Oscar folks have nominated them and yet DIDN'T give them the Oscars. Lesson learned--such films often seem to get nominated but also seldom win.

This particular film is about the freedom movement in Myanmar (Burma) in 2007. After 19 years of being led by a repressive military junta, a mass movement of monks and the public took to the streets to protest. Unfortunately, the government didn't seem to have much problem with arresting and killing these people. Footage of the repressive soldiers doing awful things were secreted out of the country and the film is made up of this footage.

The footage is quite interesting. The film's narration, however, seems very impromptu and could be better and less rambling. It could also have used a bit of editing to tighten up the film a bit. Still, it's an exciting film and one that is worth seeing.


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