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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 Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Burma VJ - reporter i et lukket land
Other titles Burma VJ - reporting from a closed country
Keywords , Journalism, , Demonstrations, Demonstrators, 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
Composer Conny Malmqvist
Production country Denmark
Production companies Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Camera Film
International sale First Hand Films World Sales / Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 / 8050 Zürich / t +41 44 312 2060 / f +41 44 312 2080 / info@firsthandfilms.com / www.firsthandfilms.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
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.
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DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15

Companies

Production companies Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Camera Film

Direction

Direction Anders Østergaard

Script

Script Anders Østergaard
Script Jan Krogsgård

Production

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

Cinematography

Cinematography Simon Plum

Editing

Editing Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editing Thomas Papapetros

Music

Music Conny Malmqvist

Sound

Sound engineer Martin Hennel

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Puma Creative Special Commendation 2011 PUMA Creative Impact Award 2011
Grand Prix 2010 Paris Human Rights Film Festival 2010
Oscar: Nominated Best Documentary 2010 Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 2010
Grand Prix 2010 Geneve, Forum on Human Rights 2010
Best Documentary Price 2010 Mumbai Int. Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films 2010
Outstanding Achievement in Editing 2010 Cinema Eye Honors 2010
Outstanding Achievement in Int. Filmmaking 2010 Cinema Eye Honors 2010
Grand Prix 2009 Paris, Festival Européen 4 Écran 2009
Young People's Jury Award 2009 Paris, Festival Européen 4 Écran 2009
Audience Prize 2009 Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival 2009
Outstanding Achievement International Feature 2009 Maribor, DokMa 2009
Best Director 2009 Ourense, Ourense International Film Festival 2009
Oscar: Nominated Best Documentary 2010 Los Angeles, Oscar Nomination Screening 2010
Best Danish documentary 2009 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2009
In the Spirit of Freedom Award 2009 Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 2009
• MOVING MOUNTAINS PRIZE 2009 Telluride Mountain Film 2009
Amnesty Award 2009 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2009
• Investigative Documentary Feature Award 2009 San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2009
Amnesty International's A Matter of ACT Award 2009 Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2009
MovieSquad ALLRights Award 2009 Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2009
Grand Jury Award 2009 Durham, Full Frame 2009
• Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award 2009 Durham, Full Frame 2009
Working Films Award 2009 Durham, Full Frame 2009
Best Documentary Price 2009 Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2009
Amnesty Award 2009 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2009
Audience Prize 2009 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2009
The Vaclav Havel Special Award 2009 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2009
Student Jury Award 2009 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2009
Best Documentary 2009 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2009
Special Mention. Movies that Matter Human Rights 2009 ZagrebDox 2009
Grand Prix 2009 Boulder International Film Festival 2009
International Human Rights Award 2009 Berlinale 2009
Best Long Documentary 2009 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2009
International Human Rights Award 2009 Berlin, Cinema for Peace 2009
World Cinema Documentary Editing Award 2009 Sundance Film Festival 2009
Joris Ivens Award 2008 Amsterdam, IDFA 2008
Movies that Matter Human Rights Award 2008 Amsterdam, IDFA 2008
DOX:Awards 2008 CPH:DOX 2008
Amnesty Award 2008 CPH:DOX 2008

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Amsterdam, IDFA 2017-11-15
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2015-01-27
Message to Man 2014-09-20
Taipei CNEX Documentary Film Festival 2014-05-01
Taipei CNEX Documentary Film Festival 2012-09-29
PUMA Creative Impact Award 2011-10-10
Reykjavik Shorts&Docs 2011-01-27
Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival 2010-11-16
Beijing, Nordox 2010-11-13
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2010-04-08
Paris Human Rights Film Festival 2010-03-09
Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 2010-03-07
Geneve, Forum on Human Rights 2010-03-05
Mumbai Int. Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films 2010-02-03
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2010-01-26
Cinema Eye Honors 2010-01-15
Paris Cine Nordica 2009-12-16
Jakarta International Film Festival 2009-12-04
Ankara Festival on Wheels 2009-12-04
Torun, Camerimage 2009-11-28
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2009-11-27
Amsterdam, IDFA 2009-11-19
Paris, Festival Européen 4 Écran 2009-11-18
Gdansk, ALL ABOUT FREEDOM 2009-11-07
Belgrade Free Zone Film Festival 2009-11-05
Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival 2009-11-03
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 2009-11-01
Maribor, DokMa 2009-11-01
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2009-10-26
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 2009-10-22
Perm, Flahertiana Int. Documentary Film Festival 2009-10-15
Berlin European Film Academy Awards 2009-10-12
Ourense, Ourense International Film Festival 2009-10-10
Abu Dhabi Middle East International FF 2009-10-08
Internazionale a Ferrara 2009-10-02
Tokyo, UNHCR Refugee Film Festival 2009-10-01
Reykjavik Nordisk Panorama 2009-09-25
Bangkok International Film Festival 2009-09-24
Reykjavik Film Festival 2009-09-17
MilanoFilmFestival 2009-09-11
Latvia 2009-09-01
Riga, Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries 2009-09-01
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2009-08-17
Cape Town, Tri Continental Film Festival 2009-08-15
Lemesos Int'l Documentary Festival 2009-08-05
Dokufest Prizren 2009-08-03
Melbourne Film Festival 2009-07-24
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 2009-07-09
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2009-06-18
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2009-06-18
Grimstad, Norwegian Short and Documentary Film Festival 2009-06-10
Novi Sad Cinema City International Film and New Media Festival 2009-06-06
Sydney Film Festival 2009-06-03
Istanbul Documentary Days 2009-06-02
Telluride Mountain Film 2009-05-22
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2009-05-09
München Documentary Festival 2009-05-06
European Documentary Network 2009-05-04
Zagreb Dox Valli in Pula 2009-05-02
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2009-04-30
Jeonju International Film Festival 2009-04-30
Stockholm, SIDA 2009-04-29
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2009-04-23
Durham, Full Frame 2009-04-02
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2009-04-02
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2009-03-25
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009-03-23
Vilnius International Film Festival 2009-03-20
9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival 2009-03-19
Oslo EuroDoc Film Festival 2009-03-18
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2009-03-18
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2009-03-13
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2009-03-13
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2009-03-13
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2009-03-11
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 2009-03-04
Damascus Dox Box Festival 2009-03-04
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 2009-02-26
ZagrebDox 2009-02-23
Boulder International Film Festival 2009-02-12
Berlin, Cinema for Peace 2009-02-01
Docsbarcelona 2009-01-27
Göteborg International Film Festival 2009-01-23
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2009-01-21
Sundance Film Festival 2009-01-15
Amsterdam, IDFA 2008-11-20
CPH:DOX 2008-11-07
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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 2010-01-18
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Michael Enggaard 2010-01-16
Artikel Politiken 2009-11-21
Artikel Berlingske Tidende 2009-11-20
Varia Berlingske Tidende 2009-11-20
Artikel Politiken 2009-09-10
Interview Politiken Michael Bo 2009-07-15
Artikel Politiken 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 Dorte Hygum Sørensen 2009-01-09
Interview Politiken 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 Dorthe Hygum Sørensen 2008-11-27
Artikel Politiken Anders Hjort 2008-11-14
Artikel Information Katrine Julie Abrahamsen 2008-11-13
Artikel Politiken Kim Skotte 2008-11-11