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13th Green Mountain Film Festival: Burma VJ

Mon Jan 1st, 2001 12am-12am
Montpelier City Hall Arts Center
Venue: Montpelier City Hall Arts Center
39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 (Map) (Set as Local)
13th Green Mountain Film Festival: <i>Burma VJ</i> Montpelier Vermont

Armed with small video cameras, undercover video journalists in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country. Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media. The whole world has witnessed clips made by the "VJs," but for the very first time, their individual images have been carefully put together, and at once, they tell a much bigger story. The film, nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar this year, offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started their protests. Time Out, New York: "It's a flawlessly constructed piece of work, as relentlessly gripping as it is educational, a righteous and even uplifting paean to the continued importance of collective protest." Post-film events: two of the monks featured in the film (including the one in this photo) will speak at the Sunday and Monday shows; local journalists will speak after the Thursday show. Sponsored by ORCA Media. Community Partner: Peace and Justice Center, Vermont Council on World Affairs. 84 minutes, in Burmese with subtitles.
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