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Burma VJ showing 10/25 with Q&A Panel

October 18, 2009

The NW Film Center in downtown Portland will be screening Burma VJ on Sunday, October 25th, as part of the “Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film” series. A discussion panel featuring local activists will follow.

The film is showing at Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum, at 1219 SW Park Avenue.

Details about the film:

Sun, Oct 25, 2009, 4:30 PM, Whitsell Auditorium



Armed with pocket-sized video cameras, a tenacious band of Burmese reporters face down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country. In 2007, after decades of self-imposed silence, Burma became headline news across the globe when peaceful Buddhist monks led a massive rebellion. More than 100,000 people took to the streets protesting a cruel dictatorship that has held the country hostage for more than 40 years. Foreign news crews were banned, the internet was shut down, and Burma was closed to the outside world. So how did we witness these events? Enter the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), aka the Burma VJs. Compiled from the shaky handheld footage of the DVB, Østergaard’s film pulls us into the heat of the moment as the VJs themselves become the target of the Burmese government. Winner of the Joris Ivens Award and Human Rights Award at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam.

( 85 min )

Post-film panel discussion hosted by Project Maje and the Burma Action Committee.

Interfaith Service for Aung San Suu Kyi

June 20, 2009

The Burma Democratic Action Forum will be holding an interfaith prayer service to honor the 64th birthday of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Burma.

All friends of Burma are welcome to attend.

The details are as follows:
Date: June 21th (Sunday) 2009
Time: 1 Pm to 4 Pm
Place:  3640 SE 28th Avenue
Portland OR 97202

The location is in the event room at an apartment complex, about one block off of Powell.

World Refugee Day 6/19

June 16, 2009
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World Refugee Day is this Friday, June 19th. Portland’s Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization is hosting an event for the occasion. Find more details and links to register to attend at IRCO.
World Refugee Day
When: June 19th, 2009
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
10301 NE Glisan St., Portland Or, 97211

Did you know that Oregon ranks eleventh nationally for numbers of refugees taken in, and Portland has the nation’s twelfth largest refugee population among U. S. cities?

These are real people in our community, with real needs, stories and strengths to share with us.

Join Portland’s four major refugee resettlement and service agencies for a night of

– refreshments

– screening of a short refugee film

-information about refugees in our country and community

-first hand accounts by refugees from Afghanistan, Chad and Burma

-tangible ways to get involved with the refugees and their families in your communities.

– a Q&A session for the audience to ask the speakers questions

IRCO is on the 15, 33 and 20 bus lines, three blocks from the Max Blueline and walking distance from the Gateway Transit Center.

10301 NE Glisan St., 97220

Burma Demonstration 6/13

June 12, 2009

The Burma Democratic Action Forum will be holding a demonstration in downtown Portland on Saturday, July 13th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The demonstration is to protest the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi and call for the release of all political prisoners.

The location is outside of Nordstrom’s opposite Pioneer Courthouse Square.

All are welcome to come and show their solidarity with the people of Burma!

Burma VJ

June 3, 2009

The acclaimed documentary “Burma VJ” about underground video journalism during the 2007 Saffron Revolution in Burma, will be playing at the Fox Tower cinema in downtown Portland (846 SW Park Ave, 503-221-3280) starting June 5th. There will be several showings each day, and it is expected to play there for at least a week.

Following the June 5th and 6th 7:35 PM showings of “Burma VJ” at the Fox Tower (Portland, Oregon) there will be an audience Q&A session with Burma expert Edith Mirante and a member of Portland’s Burmese exile community. They will provide information on how the 2007 Saffron Revolution, depicted in “Burma VJ” relates to the current situation in Burma and the trial of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

For more information about “Burma VJ” and showtimes in Portland, see:

Burma VJ Facebook Group

Portland Showtimes