Saffron Screen to show a unique look at Burma uprising

PUBLISHED: 15:55 06 November 2009 | UPDATED: 22:02 31 May 2010

A DOCUMENTARY shot by fearless video journalists during the 2007 Burma uprising is coming to Saffron Screen. The special screening of Burma VJ – Reporting from a closed country (12A) will be introduced by Amnesty International s risk specialist, Ja

A DOCUMENTARY shot by fearless video journalists during the 2007 Burma uprising is coming to Saffron Screen.

The special screening of Burma VJ - Reporting from a closed country (12A) will be introduced by Amnesty International's risk specialist, James Savage.

After the film a discussion will be lead by BBC World Service journalist and former Burmese prisoner, Nita Yin Yin May.

The event takes place at Saffron Screen, based at the Saffron Walden County High School, at 8pm on Monday November 9.

Burma VJ is a thrilling documentary film shot during the uprising against the military junta in September 2007 (incidentally, known as the Saffron Revolution).

The images compiled in this film were hurriedly shot and uploaded at internet cafes or smuggled out through couriers, to bear witness to the outside world of the brutal events taking place on the streets of Rangoon.

Danish director Anders Ostergaard pieced together the footage from at least ten different people. Often with no label saying where or when the footage was taken or by whom, satellite pictures from Google Earth were used to identify street corners and to follow the demonstrations in time.

The film is being screened in conjunction with the Saffron Walden Branch of Amnesty International UK.

It is advisable to book tickets in advance at www.saffronscreen.com or from the Tourist Information Centre in Saffron Walden.


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