Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. Armed with small handycams the Burma VJs keep on stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon. Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media.
Joshua, age 27, tells us the way in which his group of young reporters gets organised when the monks lead a massive but peaceful uprising against the military regime in 2007. After the initial protests, foreign TV crews are banned from entering the country, so it is left to Joshua and his crew to document the events and establish a lifeline to the surrounding world. It is their footage that keeps the revolution alive on TV screens all over. The regime quickly understands the power of the camera and the reporters are constantly chased by government intelligence agents who look at the ”media saboteurs” as the biggest prey they can get.
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.
Anders Østergaard was born in Copenhagen, 1965. He graduated at the Danish School of Journalism. Between 1991 and 1996, he worked as editor and advertising strategist, as well as, more punctually, as director assistant for the documentary unit at the public Danish television. His career as a documentary director started in 1996. Among their works, there are The Magnus, awarded as the best documentary in the Odense Film Festival in 1999, and two documentaries he wrote and directed: the international co-production Tintin et Moi (2003) – released in 2007 in the framework of The Documentary of the Month – and Gasolin (2006).