Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Burma VJ: Monks, secret police and hidden cameras

"Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country" is the title of a documentary that opens tomorow in New York and Friday in Seattle -- chronicling the work of the Burmese journalist and his team of guerrilla cameramen during the "saffron revolution" of 2007.

Directed by Andres Ostergaard, the film shows the work of "video journalists" connected through cellphones and emails, shooting with hand-held phones and mini-cams. The footage was smuggled out of the country by courier, the Internet and even satellite hookups by correspondents for the Democratic Voice of Burma which is a television station in exile based in Oslo.

Here is the trailer for the film.

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