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SFS MISENSCENE: Burma VJ - Reporting from a closed country - NC16

What "This film BURMA VJ is comprised largely by material shot by undercover reporters in Burma. Some elements of the film have been reconstructed in close collaboration with the actual persons involved, just as some names, places, and other recognizable facts have been altered for security reasons and in order to protect individuals. This screening is presented by The Embassy of Denmark and Singapore Film Society
When 16 July 2009 (Thursday), 7.30pm (admission from 6.45pm)
Where Jubilee Hall Raffles Hotel
328 North Bridge Road. 3rd Storey Raffles Hotel Arcade Singapore 188719
Admission

Free admission. No tickets will be sold. Free seating. First-Come-First-Served

 

85 min, 2008, Denmark, NC16, Dir Anders Ostergaard

"This film BURMA VJ is comprised largely by material shot by undercover reporters in Burma. Some elements of the film have been reconstructed in close collaboration with the actual persons involved, just as some names, places, and other recognizable facts have been altered for security reasons and in order to protect individuals. ”

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 Østergaard, 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.

Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media. The whole world has witnessed single event clips made by the VJs, but for the very first time, their individual images have been carefully put together and at once, they tell a much bigger story. ”Joshua”, age 27, is one of the young video journalists, who works undercover to counter the propaganda of the military regime. Foreign TV crews are suddenly banned from the country, so it’s left to Joshua and his crew to keep the revolution alive on TV screens all over.

With Joshua as the psychological lens, the Burmese condition is made tangible to a global audience so we can understand it, feel it, and smell it. The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started marching.

This screening has been made possible with the support of the Embassy of Denmark.

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■ Awards

2009 Sundance Film Festival
2009 Berlinale
2009 Full Frame Doc Festival
2008 Amsterdam, IDFA
and many others....

■ Read

NYT Review 20 May 2009
http://bit.ly/LVDfJ

NYT Article 15 May 2009
http://bit.ly/2HOi1o

■ Listen

Q & A with the monks behind the film. Revelations about the ongoing trial of Aung San Suu Kyi (recorded 22 May 09 New York Film Forum)
http://bit.ly/k0p3V

Interview with Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard (recorded 13 June National Public Radio )
http://bit.ly/1alwS5