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Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country) (2008)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 2

A powerfully visceral docu-drama highlighting the evils of censorship and the essential need for freedom of speech.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

A powerfully visceral docu-drama highlighting the evils of censorship and the essential need for freedom of speech.



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The Southeast Asian nation of Burma (also known as Myanmar) has been under the control of a military dictatorship since a coup toppled the elected prime minister in 1962. With Burma's press and mass media under the control of the military government, dissent has had little opportunity to take hold in the country, but that began to chance in 2007; a band of Buddhist monks stepped forward to lead a revolt against the state, and as news spread about their actions, as many as 100,000 people took

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Burma VJ celebrates the courage of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a group of underground journalists who risked their lives to document the 2007 uprising against the junta.

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Burma VJ would be even more intense without its early announcement that some scenes have been restaged, putting the viewer in a regrettably uncertain relationship to what follows.

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
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Narrated by a frightened journalist who trembles as he accumulates forbidden footage and provides a historical viewpoint, "Burma VJ" uses shocking video images and reconstructed scenes to create a coherent, mostly chronological account of what happened.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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In traditional terms, this is hardly a film at all. It's more like a bootlegged YouTube video.

August 23, 2009 Full Review Source:
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Although directed by Denmark's Anders Ostergaard, the true heroes of Burma VJ are the cadres of guerrilla video journalists who secretly filmed the junta's brutal suppression of the popular revolt in the fall of 2007.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An awe-inspiring documentary by Denmark's Anders Ostergaard that tracks how the news escaped in 2007 during Burma's civil uprising.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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No matter how many times anyone tries to appropriate shaky camera techniques, they'll never recreate anything as real as a reporter fleeing heavily armed police.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Mesmerizing, Oscar-nominated inside look into the 2007 uprising via the cameras of 30 or so underground videographers who risked torture and prison to record the chaotic events surrounding the rebellion of Buddhist monks against the repressive military

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...pummeling, electrifying

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's powerful, to be sure, but the most interesting scene is one in which two reporters discuss the impact of their work; are they really changing anything?

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Events are movingly and fortuitously recorded here, but the world's attention has shifted to other media moments.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

If it is rather more interesting as a social and political document than a cinematic one, well, politics and society can be important, too.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The word 'brave' is thrown around too liberally in Hollywood. The folks behind Burma VJ are the bravest souls you'll see on screen this year.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

the footage, with the picture jumping as frenetically as the protesters being filmed, brings home as nothing else quite can the energy and the danger of the events depicted

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Ostergaard could have just thrown this together like coleslaw and Burma VJ still would be an important documentary.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Watching these brave amateurs is pretty compelling, which is a good thing.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Watch this and you will long remember Burma - and briefly join a revolution.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Demonstrates what can be done through the ingenious use of small cameras and mobile phones by brave, resourceful opponents of repressive regimes, and it deserves to be shown widely.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Burma VJ (Video Journal) is as gripping as any Hollywood thriller - and as heartbreaking as any weepie as we watch the celebratory mood that briefly blossomed in Rangoon give way to appalling violence.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country)

August 17, 2010
Gordon A

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[font=Century Gothic]"Burma VJ" is a riveting documentary about the Democratic Voice of Burma, a courageous group of volunteer video journalists whose mission is to take videos of their native country of Burma which are then smuggled out to the rest of the world to counter the propaganda of the oppressive military rulers. What the documentary also does is shine a light on a country little is known of and put the momentous events of August and September 2007 in perspective when after decades of silence, ordinary citizens begin speaking their minds again when gas prices are doubled. A videographer codenamed 'Joshua' covers a singular demonstration but is arrested. He is later released but has his camera confiscated. Fearing for his safety, he crosses the border into Thailand to coordinate activities for his fellow video journalists by cell phone.(The footage of Joshua in Thailand is reenacted in order to link the amazing footage and to create a narrative of the protests.) While busy, he is also sorry to be missing the action once the Buddhist monks join the protests, putting the military regime in danger. The video journalists take center stage as their footage is the only available shown worldwide as foreign journalists are banned from Burma. They also advise the monks with the protests. For the first time since 1988, the possibility of democracy and freedom become very real again. In the end, patience becomes key.[/font]
May 24, 2009
Walter M.

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Burma is the land that everyone knows has some issues. It is also the East Timor of the current generation. A military occupation that hardly receives a blip of media attention or celebrity advocacy.
July 19, 2010
John Ballantine

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