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“Burma VJ” wins in San Francisco

May 8, 2009

“Burma VJ” Leads SFIFF WinnersThe documentary Burma VJs has won the Golden Gate Award for best investigate documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, after winning previously at Sundance, the Copenhagen Film Festival and a number of other festival. Nathan Truesdell wrote in an review for All these wonderful things: “”Joshua” works for the Democratic Voice of Burma, an underground news organization dedicated to capturing illegal footage inside of Burma. The footage is then smuggled to Thailand and beamed back to the country via satellite from Norway. The DVB have around 30 volunteers that shoot with small, nearly-broken, hand-held cameras that they must keep hidden from the secret police that roam the streets. The risk? Life imprisonment. The reward? The education and organization of the people of Burma who have been oppressed by their government for the last 40 years. Since foreign reporters are banned from the country (even the internet is shut down at one point), the cameras of the DVB become the only outlet showcasing the real action on the street.”

Via Indie Wire´s The Daily

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