Burma VJ - reporting from a closed country

Anders Østergaard, Denmark, 2008

84 min.DK/Documentary

Armed with small handy cams, undercover video journalists 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.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Burma VJ - reporter i et lukket land
Danish title Burma VJ - reporter i et lukket land
Keywords Political movements, Journalism, Rebellion, Demonstrations, Protesters, Burma, 2000-2009
Director Anders Østergaard
Screenplay Anders Østergaard, Jan Krogsgård
Producer Lise Lense-Møller
Director of Photography Simon Plum
Editor Janus Billeskov Jansen, Thomas Papapetros
Sound Martin Hennel
Composer Conny Malmqvist
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Camera Film
International sales First Hand Films World Sales
Technical info 1,75:1 - Widescreen, color, Dolby stereo
Danish festival release 12.11.2008, Grand
Danish theatrical release 09.01.2009
Cinemas Grand, Biffen (Aalborg) samt 13 biografer i provinsen (DOX-ON-WHEELS Tour 9. januar - 13. marts 2009)
Comment Marking director Anders Østergaard's international breakthrough, the film received an Oscar nomination and a record-breaking number of international awards, including IDFA's Joris Ivens and Movies That Matter. Østergaard's latest film is "1989" (2014), about the fall of the Iron Curtain.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Camera Film


Direction Anders Østergaard


Script Anders Østergaard
Script Jan Krogsgård


Producer Lise Lense-Møller
Producer's assistant Cecilia Valsted
Co-producer Helle Ulsteen
Outreach specialist Helle Ulsteen


Cinematography Simon Plum


Editing Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editing Thomas Papapetros


Music Conny Malmqvist


Sound engineer Martin Hennel

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Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten 2010-06-04
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2010-03-11
Artikel Ekstra Bladet 2010-03-09
Artikel Kristeligt Dagblad Benjamin Krasnik 2010-02-05
Artikel Børsen Ritzau 2010-02-03
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Politiken 2010-01-18
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2010-01-16
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Politiken 2009-11-21
Artikel Berlingske Tidende 2009-11-20
Varia Berlingske Tidende 2009-11-20
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Politiken 2009-09-10
Interview Politiken-Fonden Michael Bo 2009-07-15
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Michael Bo 2009-07-13
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2009-02-11
Artikel Børsen Ritzau 2009-01-19
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Ritzau 2009-01-17
Anmeldelse Information Lars Movin 2009-01-10
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Ebbe Iversen 2009-01-09
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Gitte Holtze 2009-01-09
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2009-01-09
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Sophie Engberg Sonne 2009-01-09
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Sørensen 2009-01-09
Interview Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Sørensen 2008-12-09
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Ebbe Iversen 2008-12-02
Artikel Børsen Robert Arkir 2008-12-02
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten 2008-12-02
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Dorthe Hygum Sørensen 2008-11-27
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Anders Hjort 2008-11-14
Artikel Information Katrine Julie Abrahamsen 2008-11-13
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Kim Skotte 2008-11-11
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