Burma VJ - The Saffron Premiere
Tuesday 14th July,
BAFTA, London and throughout the UK
On the evening of 14 July, cinemas across the country will be linked live
to BAFTA in London to create the `Saffron Premiere', so named after the
distinctive orange robes of the Burmese monks. The evening will include a
full film screening, as well as a one-off chance to join a live debate
with the makers of the film.
In 2007, Burma became headline news across the globe when Buddhist monks
led a rebellion and more than 100,000 people protested the dictatorship
that has held the country hostage for more than 40 years. Foreign news
crews were banned, the internet was shut down, and Burma was closed to the
outside world. Enter the Democratic Voice of Burma, aka the Burma VJs.
Compiled from their handheld footage, this award-winning documentary pulls
us in as the VJs themselves become the target of the Burmese government.