[act-ma] 6/19: BURMA VJ Opens at the Coolidge

Cheryl White cheryl at coolidge.org
Tue Jun 9 16:00:49 PDT 2009


Starts Friday, June 19 for limited engagement

Coolidge Corner Theatre

290 Harvard Street, Brookline




In September 2007, after decades of self-imposed silence, Burma became
headline news across the globe 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 to enter and the Internet was shut down. The
Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 anonymous and underground
video journalists (VJs) covertly recorded these historic and dramatic events
on pocket-sized handycams. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs
vividly document the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police
- even after they themselves become targets of the authorities. The whole
world has witnessed single event 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. Compiled from the shaky handheld
footage of the DVB, BURMA VJ pulls us into the heat of the moment, making
the Burmese condition tangible so we can understand it, feel it, and smell
it. The film offers unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence
in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation
of the days of 2007 when the Buddhist monks started marching.


Tickets available at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office, located at 290
Harvard Street in Brookline or online at www.coolidge.org
<http://www.coolidge.org/> .  For screening times visit the website or call


Official BURMA VJ site: http://bu <http://burmavjcom.title.dk/> 


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