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  • Summary: While 100,000 people (including 1,000s of Buddhist monks) took to the streets to protest the country's repressive regime that has held them hostage for over 40 years, foreign news crews were banned to enter and the Internet was shut down. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30While 100,000 people (including 1,000s of Buddhist monks) took to the streets to protest the country's repressive regime that has held them hostage for over 40 years, foreign news crews were banned to enter and the Internet was shut down. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) recorded these historic and dramatic events on handycams and smuggled the footage out of the country, where it was broadcast worldwide via satellite. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs vividly document the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police – even after they themselves become targets of the authorities. (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Expand
  • Director: Anders Østergaard
  • Genre(s): History, Thriller, Crime, Documentary
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 84 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    100
    Captivating and essential viewing.
  2. 100
    Filmmaking at its most fearless, with Ostergaard creating a suspenseful, harrowing account of his original key subject, known only as "Joshua."
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    90
    There was no happy ending, but if Burma VJ's account of the efficacy of dictatorship threatens to crush you, the sight of a sturdy young back disappearing into the mountains, returning from a Thailand hideout for another round of bearing witness, should make your heart burst.
  4. Thanks to the new guerrilla narrative, the world has a constant flow of images to file in its collective consciousness. And that camera-testable accountability slowly becomes a global civic right that fulfills the noblest purpose of journalism -- to bring truth to power.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel Eagan
    80
    In preparing Burma VJ, Ostergaard decided to reconstruct some scenes with scripted dialogue -- in part to explain events, but also to protect the participants. This material, shot in darkened offices and apartments, feels both accurate and necessary.
  6. Anyone who doubts that a single individual can make a political impact should see Anders Østergaard’s gripping documentary.
  7. 50
    The news footage, so powerful on its own, needs no enhancement. The dramatized scenes only slow the film's momentum.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. oerdi
    Jul 11, 2009
    10
    A rare and moving view of the peaceful protests in Burma and the brutal crackdown that followed. A must see for anyone interested in politics A rare and moving view of the peaceful protests in Burma and the brutal crackdown that followed. A must see for anyone interested in politics or human rights. Collapse

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