Burma: The film which scares the regime

This weekend, Burma VJ might win an Oscar. But don't tell the regime in Rangoon. They rather give the audience TV soaps, which are making the Burmese fans of anything from South Korea.

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Publisert: 2010-03-06

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Every Friday some of the world′s leading advocates for freedom of expression write for the Norwegian weekly Ny Tid’s Voices Without Borders-column. Our columnists are: Parvin Ardalan (Iran), Nawal El-Saadawi (Egypt), Irshad Manji (Canada), Elena Milashina (Russia), Orzala Nemat (Afghanistan), Marta Roque (Cuba), Blessing Musariri (Zimbabwe), Tsering Woeser (Tibet), Malahat Nasibova (Azerbaijan), and Nyein San (Burma).

RANGOON, BURMA: On March 7th, the important Burma VJ – a documentary film about the September 2007 uprisings against the military regime in Rangoon – can win an Academy Award (an «Oscar») as «Best Documentary Feature of 2010».

But here in Burma, the government is not celebrating. Just four days after Burma VJ on February 2nd was nominated to the Oscars in the USA, the best known film Award in the world, a dramatic comedy film was chosen as the best movie in the Myanmar Film Academy Award ceremony, held in in the country’s new capital, Nay Pyi Daw, on February 6th.

Burma VJ (directed by the Danish Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller, and partly funded by the Norwegian Freedom of Expression Foundation, Ny Tid added info) was filmed by Burmese clandestine journalists during the 2007 monk uprising, but it is still very difficult to find in Yangon. The Academy Awards

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