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

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
December 15, 2009
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.
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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 27, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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August 23, 2009
In traditional terms, this is hardly a film at all. It's more like a bootlegged YouTube video.
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
August 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2009
An awe-inspiring documentary by Denmark's Anders Ostergaard that tracks how the news escaped in 2007 during Burma's civil uprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 31, 2009
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.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
July 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 21, 2009
Anyone who doubts that a single individual can make a political impact should see Anders Ostergaard's gripping documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2009
A chilling look at the monks' uprising inside Burma in 2007.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 20, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/6
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 20, 2009
The news footage, so powerful on its own, needs no enhancement. The dramatized scenes only slow the film's momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 19, 2009
A roller coaster of alternating hope and despair.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 19, 2009
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