Burma documentary to be shown at Linfield

Pioneer Hall at Linfield CollegeAn award-winning film documenting human rights abuses in Burma will be presented Wednesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College.

“Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country” is a 2008 Danish documentary film directed by Anders Østergaard. It follows the 2007 peaceful demonstrations against Burma’s totalitarian government, during which more than 1,000 people were killed.

The documentary was secretly filmed by one of the nation’s few remaining free journalists. The “VJ” in the title stands for “video journalists.” It received the 2009 World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category in 2010.

It is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield College Political Science Department, International Programs Office and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact William McHenry at wmchenr@linfield.edu or 503-883-2477.