Comprised almost entirely of material filmed by undercover video reporters in Burma, Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country gives an up close and personal look at the monstrosities taking place in Burma under this police state. A country with little to no outside access, these brave undercover reporters film the happenings in the streets of Rangoon, intent on sharing the state of their country with the rest of the world. These men and women face torture, jail, and even death, all of which are risks they are willing to make in an effort to force change in their country. Anders Ostergaard's Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country captures the fear and tension among the people of Burma in such a horrifying way that parts of this film are hard to watch. The VJ's of Burma smuggle their footage out of the country where it is shared with international media in an effort to bring attention to this oppressive and violent regime. This film puts these various smuggled clips together, telling a much more intricate story about the oppression and growing animosity from the people of Burma. Burma VJ is very much a film about the bravery and importance of this type of journalism, capturing the importance of the democratic voice of these VJ's who want a better country for their people. Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country plays more like a thriller than traditional documentary, giving an in-depth and raw account of living in an oppressive and violent regime while capturing the true importance of a democratic voice.
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