It’s a much-repeated joke in Burma that George Orwell wrote not one but three books about Burma. His Burmese Days showed Burma during the British Raj, while 1984 and Animal Farm neatly summed up the totalitarian regime that turned one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia into one of the poorest.
This is my rather roundabout way of saying that if you don’t have plans for Sunday or Monday, please go to the Red Vic Movie House to see Anders Østergaard’s Burma VJ. I haven’t yet seen it, but a friend who exhausted herself at the last Sundance Festival said that it was probably one of the best docs she’d seen.
Usually I eschew pushing media I haven’t experienced firsthand, but the trailer gives me the shivers. Sadly, it also reinforces the truth of the sick Orwellian joke that has been visited upon the people of Burma for too long.
This will be no passive experience, as the Burmese American Democratic Alliance and the Buddhist-inspired Clear View Project will be on hand after each evening screening for what surely will be an intense Q&A.
Please set us know what you think in the comments if you do go!
Leave a Reply