• Burma Vj
    2 minutes 28 seconds
    Added: May 14, 2009

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

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 15, 2009
Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2009
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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In traditional terms, this is hardly a film at all. It's more like a bootlegged YouTube video.

Full Review Source: Film.com

August 23, 2009
Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2009
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 31, 2009
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Burma VJ documents the work of such courageous journalists, who, at the risk of imprisonment or worse, film antigovernment activities using small consumer cameras.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 17, 2009
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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It's a flawlessly constructed piece of work, as relentlessly gripping as it is educational, a righteous and even uplifting paean to the continued importance of collective protest.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

July 17, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Even as the news-gathering apparatus in the US and elsewhere falters under the weight of new technology and outdated business models, Burma VJ is a fresh reminder that reporters can and must serve as a necessary Paine in the rear.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 18, 2009
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Burma VJ -- for video journalist -- is filmmaking at its most fearless, with [director] Ostergaard creating a suspenseful, harrowing account of his original key subject, known only as 'Joshua.'

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 29, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Anyone who doubts that a single individual can make a political impact should see Anders Ostergaard's gripping documentary.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

May 21, 2009
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A chilling look at the monks' uprising inside Burma in 2007.

May 20, 2009
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Embedded within this meta-testament to the brave Burmese souls who risk all is a reminder that, in our era of info overload (too much imagery, too many screens!), technology is the next-gen frontier for fighting oppression.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

May 20, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The news footage, so powerful on its own, needs no enhancement. The dramatized scenes only slow the film's momentum.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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A roller coaster of alternating hope and despair.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 19, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Burma VJ is a rich, thought-provoking film not only because of the story it tells, but also because of the perspective it offers.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2009
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