Burma VJ

An old friend from BYU who is always involved with incredibly worthwhile projects on behalf of other people informed me, via Facebook about a new documentary, Burma DJ that documents the repressive regime of Burma by splicing together footage shot by undercover reporters inside of Burma. Their material is then smuggled out of the country so it can be broadcast back into Burma by satellite, as it is given, for free to international news agencies. What these Burmese citizens do on behalf of their country is pretty heroic. I, for one, am very excited to see this film, even though the date of its screening in DC unfortunately coincides with the weekend that I will be in California for a wedding. Makes me sad, but I am sure I will find another day to make it work.

In the meantime, I encourage all readers of this blog (all three of you) to donate to FilmAid International (FilmAid’s webpage can be found here), as they are trying to show the film to viewers in Southeast Asia. Said friend who informed me of this film also works for this organization. And I can tell you with a 100% guarantee, that any organization that Blaine Johnson believes is worthy of his efforts is 100% worthy of my or anyone else’s monetary support. There are very few people that I would say that about, and that underscores how worthy of a cause that I believe this is.

US Screening Dates:

20-May – New York, NY – Film Forum

29-May – Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle Sunset

05-Jun – Irvine, CA – Regal Westpark

05-Jun – Portland, OR – Regal Fox Tower

19-Jun – Charlotte, NC – Regal Park Terrace

19-Jun – Boston, MA – Coolidge

24-Jun – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery

26-Jun – Tallahassee, FL – Regal Miracle

26-Jun – Austin, TX – Regal Arbor

19-Jul – Santa Fe, NM – CCA

24-Jul – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Museum of Art

31-Jul – Washington, DC – Landmark E-Street

07-Aug – Salt Lake City, UT – Tower

28-Aug – Seattle, WA – NW Film Forum

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