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“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.
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.
The film began as a ‘nice little project’ about life in Burma. Then the riots erupted. Director Anders Østergaard on the secret cameramen who helped him tell the story.
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Leading up to the Oscars in 2010, Filmmaker Magazine highlighted various nominated films including BURMA VJ, which was nominated for Best Documentary.
The film “grapples with how and why we capture the world on film,” said Filmmaker.
Read the interview with Danish director Anders Østergaard on how BURMA VJ came about and took shape.
A process of reform has been under way in Burma since November 2010, when military rule was replaced by a new military-backed civilian government.
BBC News provides a timeline of key developments.
Burma could be the site of the world’s next genocide
As a conduit for undercover video journalism in Burma, Democratic Voice of Burma offers free information in the fight for democracy.
With the rise of ethnic violence in Burma, particularly against minority Muslims, critics are accusing opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of valuing political expediency over human rights.
The Washington Post has the story.
"Filmmaking at its most fearless… a suspenseful, harrowing account."
Los Angeles Times
"Terrific documentary... How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed."
"Powerful evidence of the new ways in which oppression can be documented and world opinion swayed."
New York Times