Burma VJ

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Burma VJ
Burma VJ.jpg
Directed by Anders Østergaard
Produced by Lise Lense-Møller Com: Magic Hour Films Line: Cecilia Valsted Ass.: Lars Frederiksen
Written by Anders Østergaard,
Jan Krogsgaard
Starring The Burma VJs
Narrated by "Joshua"
Music by Conny C-A Malmqvist
Cinematography Simon Plum
Edited by Janus Billeskov & Thomas Papapetros
Distributed by Dogwoof Pictures (UK), Oscilloscope Laboratories (US)
Release dates
  • 12 November 2008 (2008-11-12) (COPDOX)
Running time
84 mins
Country Denmark
Language Burmese
Box office $123,477[1]

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country is a 2008 Danish documentary film directed by Anders Østergaard. It follows the Saffron Revolution against the military regime in Burma.[2] The "VJ" in the title stands for "video journalists."[3] Some of it was filmed on hand-held cameras. The footage was smuggled out of the country,[4] physically or over the Internet. Other parts of it were reconstructed, which caused controversy.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won awards, especially at European film festivals, e.g. it won the Golden Apricot at the 2009 Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia, for Best Documentary Film. [6][7] It won the World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival.[8] Burma VJ was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[9]

Box office[edit]

The film was released to one theater on 20 May 2009 and grossed $5,554 in the opening weekend. Its widest release was in three theaters. As of 1 May 2010, the total gross stands at $123,477.[10]

DVD features[edit]

The DVD includes a message from Buddhist actor Richard Gere comparing the situation in Burma to that in Tibet.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=burmavj.htm
  2. ^ Thomas, Kevin (29 May 2009). "'Burma VJ' vividly details monk uprising". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country
  4. ^ Bass, Charlie (28 May 2009). "FILM REVIEW: Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country". The Indypendent. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Marshall, Andrew (29 January 2009). "Burma VJ: Truth As Casualty". TIME magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  6. ^ San Francisco Film Society, "Golden Gate Award 2009 Winners". Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Variety, Mundell, Ian (1 December 2008). "'Burma VJ' wins Amsterdam prize". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  8. ^ 2009 Sundance Film Festival sundance.org
  9. ^ 'Burma VJ' gets Best Documentary Oscar nod
  10. ^ "Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  11. ^ DVD Oscilloscope Pictures OSC-012, 2010.

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