More than a million people have been forced from their homes and according to the United Nations, untold thousands have been massacred, tortured, and subjected to a modern form of slavery. Burma, says Amnesty International, is a prison behind bars. John Pilger and David Munro go undercover in one of the world’s most isolated, and extraordinary countries, Burma, which AmnestyInternational calls ‘a prison without bars’. They discover slave labour preparing for tourism and foreign investment.
International Actual Award for Risk Journalism, Barcelona, Spain, 1996; Bronze Plaque in the category of ‘Social Issues – International Relations’, The Chris Awards, Ohio, 1996; Gold Special Jury Award, ‘Film & Video Production division’, WorldFest-Charleston, 1996; Award for Best Factual Programme, RTS Midland Centre Awards, Birmingham, 1996; Gold Apple in the category ‘Politics: Social organisations in other lands’, National Educational Media Network Film & Video Competition at The 1997 NEMN Apple Awards, Oakland, California, 1997; the updated version won a Gold Special Jury Award in the ‘Film & Video Production division’, WorldFest-Houston, 1999.
John_Pilger - Burma - Land of Fear
Burma VJ is a moving and shocking account of the popular protests that broke out across Rangoon in 2007. Reporting from a Closed Country is a 2008 documentary film directed by Anders Østergaard. It follows the September 2007 uprisings against the military regime in Burma. Some of it was filmed on hand-held cameras, and the footage was smuggled out of the country. Other parts of it were reconstructed, which caused controversy.
It relies entirely on documentary footage shot by undercover reporters which has been pieced together to form a picture of the events that took place over a few months. It covers the initial protests, which broke out in response to a rise in fuel prices, to the brutal crackdown by the authorities in response.
Burma VJ - Part 1
Burma VJ - Part 2
Burma VJ - Part 3
Burma VJ - Part 4
Burma VJ - Part 5
Burma VJ - Part 6
Burma VJ - Part 7
Burma VJ - Part 8
Burma VJ - Part 9
The Story Behind Burma's Elections - Burma
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journeymanpictures on Oct 12, 2011
In November 2010 Burma held its first democratic election in 20 years. The gererals in power wanted us to believe that it represented a historic step towards democracy but this report, which was secretly filmed by exiled media group 'Democratic Voice of Burma', highlights how this was not the case.