Armed with small handycams, undercover video journalists in Burma keep up a flow of news from their closed country despite the risk of torture and life in jail. Their material is smuggled out of Burma and broadcast back via satellite.     

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2008
Production country:
Denmark
Co production country:
Norway
Sweden
Release date (international):
2008-11-12
Production company:
Magic Hour Films
Co production company:
Mediamente AS
WG Film AB
Producer:
Lise Lense-Møller
Co producer:
Torstein Nybø
Fredrik Gertten
Margarete Jangård

Director

  • Anders Østergård

    Director, born 1965. Graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 1991 after training at Central Television, London. Worked as a copywriter at an advertising agency and as a researcher on documentary programmes. Awarded Best Documentary at Odense International Film Festival in 1999 for "Troldkarlen"/"The Magus". Writer-director on the international coproduction "Tintin et moi" (2003), and the documentary about one of Denmark's most popular rock bands "Gasolin" (2006) which had a successful run at the domestic boxoffice with nearly a quarter million admissions. "Burma VJ" (2008) received an Oscar nomination and has taken home a record-breaking number of international awards, including IDFA's Joris Ivens and Movies That Matter. Also from 2008 is "Så kort og mærkeligt livet er", about Danish poet Dan Turèll.

    Anders Østergård

Crew

Director:
Anders Østergård
Screenplay:
Anders Østergård
Jan Krogsgård
Cinematographer:
Simon Plum
Editor:
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Thomas Papapetros
Composer:
Conny Malmqvist
Sound Design:
Martin Hennel

Technical information

Format:
HDCAM SR
Screen ratio:
16:9
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Dolby A
Length in mins:
84'
Subtitles:
English

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