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

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

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Critic Consensus: 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 part in protests against the oppressive and violent leadership. The official state media ignored the uprising, but a new breed of reporters were at hand to cover the revolution -- the Democratic Voice of Burma, also known as the Burma VJs, a handful of young video journalists armed with hand-held digital video cameras. The Burma VJs filmed the protests as well as violent acts committed by police and military officials, and then smuggled the footage to colleagues in Thailand, who then passed their images on to news organizations the world over. Filmmaker Anders Østergaard offers a look at how new technology is pressed into the service of a people's revolution in Burma VJ, a documentary which tells the story of the Democratic Voice of Burma and their role in the battle for a free and democratic Burma. Burma VJ received its American premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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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
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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
Seattle Times
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In traditional terms, this is hardly a film at all. It's more like a bootlegged YouTube video.

Full Review… | August 23, 2009
Film.com
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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… | August 7, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country)

A film I really liked until I thought a bit about it and which I still want to like. This film is so stuffed with recreated and redramatized scenes that it's a bit difficult to take seriously as a documentary. So heavily edited to stay on a very specific message, but still leaving tons of interesting (and obvious) questions not only unanswered but unasked, I found it to be one of the most disappointing films on Burma I've seen to date.

Harreld Dinkins
Harreld Dinkins
½

Gripping

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

½

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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