Saturday, 18 July 2009

Burma VJ

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What a privilege to have had a chance to see this in Singapore just two days ago!! Eyes that were closed are now open! Courage that leaves you breathless.. juxtaposed against cruelty that leaves you speechless... Nonetheless, and most unfortunately, I hear that the powers that be will definitely not be allowing a commercial release of this documentary in Singapore....:( .... yes, despite the close ties that we have with Myanmar...such as this...

"Burma VJ" (NR): An award-winning documentary offering a rare inside look at the 2007 uprising in Myanmar. The footage was shot by 30 anonymous and underground video journalists who risked their lives to document the clashes with the military and undercover police. Armed with small handy cams undercover Video Journalists in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country. Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, acclaimed director Anders Ostergaard, brings us close to the video journalists who deliver the footage. Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. The Burma VJs stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon.

Read interview with director Anders Ƙstergaard.. we actually had a video conferenced Q&A with him after the show! Quite cool..

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