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Burma VJ

BURMA VJ depicts the incredible bravery of Burmese video journalists during the great uprising of the 2007 Saffron Revolution.

Director: Anders Østergaard
Year: 2009
Time: 84 min

 Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land
(2008) on IMDb

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BURMA VJ: Documenting The Saffron Revolution

“So yes, it’s true that Joshua was arrested at the beginning of the uprising and actually had to leave the country, which was, of course, a bit of a challenge to the film: the protagonist leaves the State.”

Listen to this interview with director Anders Østergaard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

“It’s a difficult time for people, for real stories and the truth.”

In this interview, ‘Joshua’ discusses the political situation in Burma and the continuing difficulties faced by journalists. Learn what Joshua was doing several years after the release of BURMA VJ.

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