VJ – Myanmar through the lens



Maruah is proud to present VJ – Myanmar through the lens, two evenings of powerful documentaries from inside Burma, including the internationally acclaimed Burma VJ.

Admission is free, but prior registration is required as seats are limited. The screenings will be at Orchard Cineleisure, level 6.


Burma VJ
When foreign TV crews have no access to Burma, it is the courageous young citizens who risk torture and imprisonment to document events in their country, and then to smuggle their footage out. While single event clips have been seen around the world, this award-winning documentary has put the images together to tell a much bigger story. Compiled from material shot by undercover reporters, with some elements of the film reconstructed in close collaboration with the actual persons involved, Burma VJ, under the direction of acclaimed filmmakers Anders Østergaard and Jan Krogsgaard, is a testimony to the courage and passion of video journalists. Armed with little more than small handy cams, they provide a thorough documentation of dissent, and of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when Buddhist monks started marching.

In Hiding (12 min 42 sec)
As conflict swirls around them, ethnic minorities from parts of the Karen, Karenni, Shan and Arakan states are displaced. A look at their lives.

From Prison to Frontline (10 min 47 sec)
For over a decade, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) had been in armed conflict with the DKBA (a government-backed splinter Karen militia). Forced labour has been demanded, mainly as porters, in the conflict. Two escaped porters tell their stories.

Voices from the Salween Valley (20 min 07 sec)
The Salween is one of the major rivers of Burma, and millions live on its banks. But dams have been proposed. What would their impact be on the people of the valley?

Cross-border (61:53)
Many families flee from persecution into Mae Sot, a town on the Thai-Burmese border every year. But the promise of freedom remains all but empty: lured by the prospect of work, children are regularly taken away from their parents by human traffickers, only to find their predicament worse than before. A journalistic account of Burmese children’s lives in Thailand. In Burmese with English subtitles.


Tuesday 10 November 2009

6:30 pm –  Registration

7:15 pm – Short films segment
In Hiding
From Prison to Frontline
Voices from the Salween River

8:15 pm – Intermission

8:30 pm – Main feature – Burma VJ

10:00 pm – Discussion with filmmaker Jan Krogsgaard and Maruah

Wednesday 11 November 2009

6:30 pm – Registration

7:15 pm – First film – Cross Border

8:15 pm – Intermission

8:30 pm – Main feature – Burma VJ

10:00 pm -Discussion with filmmaker Jan Krogsgaard and Maruah


To register, please send an email to [email protected], stating:

1. Your name

2. The date of the screening (Tuesday or Wednesday, not both)

3. The number of seats you need (max four)

4. Your mobile phone number, in case of any last minute changes.

Please note: An email request should only be for a maximum of four seats on one night. Because of limited seats, we cannot reserve more than that, nor for more than one night per request. You will receive an email in response, which will state clearly whether your request is confirmed, or you are on the waiting list.

If it is confirmed,you need to pick up your tickets at the door on the day of the screening no later than 6:45 pm, otherwise the tickets will be released to those on the waiting list. If you wish to skip the short films, you can come in during the intermission (provided you have picked up the tickets by 6:45 pm). Tickets will be issued on a “best available seat” basis.

All films have been rated NC16. Age verification will be conducted at the door; please bring some identification with you.


VJ – Myanmar through the lens is a project of Maruah in collaboration with The Puttnam School of Film/ LaSalle College of the Arts, and with the generous support of the British High Commission and the Royal Danish Embassy

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