The co-operative presents A Film By ANDERS ØSTERGAARD
Armed with video-cameras a tenacious band of Burmese reporters face down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country
Dear UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The film Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country tells the story of the 2007 Burmese “Saffron Revolution” and the subsequent brutal crackdown by the ruling military government.
The film is composed of footage recorded in 2007 and 2008 by the journalist organisation “The Democratic Voice of Burma” (DVB) and other activist individuals. However, this footage was recorded and disseminated at great personal risk: the ruling military junta remains uncompromisingly intolerant of free speech, and consequently a large number of the journalists and activists in the film now face prison sentences of up to 65 years. The individuals imprisoned include:
Su Su Nway
Si Thu Maung
Ko Win Maw
These five individuals join over 2,100 political prisoners in Burma, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, imprisoned simply for peacefully calling for democracy and freedom in that country.
I am writing to you to express my horror at the on-going political repression in Burma, and in particular the continued imprisonment of peaceful pro-democracy activists and journalists.
I call on you, as UN Secretary General, to make it your personal priority to secure the release of all of Burma’s political prisoners, including those who courageously demonstrated during, and filmed, the 2007 protests.
As a show of solidarity with the oppressed Burmese population, I will be encouraging other individuals to watch the Burma VJ film and to write to you.