Released in 2008, Burma VJ is a documentary film that looks at brave citizen journalists risking torture and life in jail in order to live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. The film 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 marching. Burma VJ was a Best Documentary nominee at the 2009 Academy Awards.
After the screening, two FSI participants who work with Burmese activists on the Thai/Burma border, spoke about their experience working with individuals and groups involved in the nonviolent struggle against the military junta.
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