Human Rights Competition

Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country

Year
2008
Country
Denmark
Duration
84’
Director
Anders Ostergaard

Armed with small handycams undercover Video Journalists (VJ) in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country despite risking torture and life in jail. Their material is smuggled out of Burma and broadcast back via satellite. “Joshua”, age 27, becomes tactical leader of a group of reporters, as Buddhist monks in September 2007 lead a massive uprising. Foreign TV crews are banned from the country, so it’s left to Joshua and his crew to keep the revolution alive on TV screens all over. As government intelligence understands the power of the camera, the VJs become their prime target.

Production
Magic Hour Films, Lise Lense-Moller
Sales
First Hand Films World Sales, Esther van Messel, +41 44 312 2060, Fritz Heeb Weg 5 8050 Zurich Switzerland, esther.van.messel@firsthandfilms.com , www.firsthandfilms.com
Director
Anders Ostergaard

Anders Ostergaard was born in 1965. Graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 1991. He has won numerous international film awards.

Filmography

Tintin and I (2003), Gasoline (2006), Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country (2008)

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