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Burma VJ
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
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Burma VJ
Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30pm
$9 Members / $12 Public / Includes Reception
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In Person: Monks and Leaders of Burmas Saffron Revolution

Armed with pocket-sized video cameras, a tenacious band of Burmese reporters face down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country. In 2007, after decades of self-imposed silence, Burma became headline news when peaceful Buddhist monks led a massive rebellion. More than 100,000 people took to the streets protesting a cruel dictatorship that has held the country hostage for more than 40 years. Foreign news crews were banned, the Internet was shut down, and Burma was closed to the outside world. So how did we witness these events? Enter the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), aka the Burma VJs. Acclaimed filmmaker Anders Ostergaard pulls us into the heat of the moment as the VJs themselves become the target of the Burmese government. Their tactical leader, code-named Joshua, oversees operations from a safe hiding place in Thailand. Via clandestine phone calls, Joshua dispenses his posse of video warriors, who covertly film the abuses in their country, then smuggle their footage into Thailand. Joshua ships the footage to Norway, where it is broadcast back to Burma and the world via satellite. Burma VJ plays like a thriller, all the more scary because it is true.

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Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington, NY 11731
United States


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Film

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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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