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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

BURMA VJ—REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY

DIRECTOR: ANDERS ØSTERGAARD
GREAT BRITAIN/DENMARK, 2008

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.

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