Burma VJ Viral and Widget

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Anders Østergaard, this award winning, powerful and shocking documentary provides a unique glimpse into life on the streets of Burma’s capital – Rangoon. The vast majority of the film consists of illegal footage using concealed cameras. Burma VJ, reveals this hidden world, seen through the eyes of the undercover VJs (Video Journalists) who document everyday life under a military regime.

Filmed over a number of days, the VJs by chance end up recording the appalling treatment of the Burmese citizens and monks – which caused a global uproar, after their peaceful protests resulted in violent opposition by their government.

The Burmese VJs risk torture, imprisonment and even death in their quest to report honestly what is going on in their closed country. The material in this film has been made possible through illegal smuggling and broadcast to international media (whom the government accuses of lying) and into Burma via satellite.

The film not only exposes the threat the government faces from the camera wielding VJs but also the day-to-day hardships faced by the Burmese.

Independent film distributor Dogwoof has teamed up with The Co-operative to release Burma VJ in the UK. Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals and Sustainability, explains The Co-operative’s motivation for supporting this film:

“People put their lives on the line to get this footage out of Burma in the hope that the world would take notice. News stories come and go, but the oppression in Burma is as bad as anywhere on the planet, and we mustn’t turn a blind eye”.

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The powerful and shocking “Burma consists largely of illegal footage, revealing the appalling treatment of Burmese monks and citizens during the 2007 ‘Saffron Revolution’ in Burma, as seen through the eyes of the undercover VJs (Video Journalists). . Empire describes the film as ***** - ‘a must-see for anyone who values truth.’


The ‘Be a VJ widget’ allows you to submit your own videos, providing others with a unique glimpse in to your own life and the issues affecting you. The most powerful clips will feature in the Burma VJ DVD*, to be released in November this year, with the best entry winning two ‘Saffron Premiere’ tickets** as well as a mini digital camcorder, both courtesy of The Co-operative.

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