Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country Director: Anders Ostergaard Scan Burma VJ's credits and nearly all the crew are Danish, and if it wins the best documentary title at tomorrow's Academy Awards it will be Anders Ostergaard who delivers the thank-you speech. While Ostergaard and his team have done a remarkable job in bringing the project to fruition, Burma VJ owes its power to young Myanmese journalists who risked their all to film the anti-government rallies that erupted in September 2007 and - tragically - the clampdown by the military junta. It's the footage supplied by these men - members of a clandestine group called the Democratic Voice of Burma - that drives Burma VJ. 'Joshua', an exiled Myanmese journalist who co-ordinates the network's efforts from Thailand, narrates a close-up account of the events that unfolded on Yangon's streets, starting from the monks' public marches to increasing calls for the end of the dictatorship. The optimism was soon shot down by the authorities' violent response - a reprise of clashes in 1988, when thousands were killed. Unlike then, however, images of the brutality were swiftly beamed across the globe, thanks to Joshua's team; international networks were able to broadcast footage of the unfolding events, including the way a Japanese journalist was shot at point-blank range by a soldier. While Burma VJ retraces that fortnight of fury, it also sheds light on the journalists' audacious attempts to chronicle the twists and turns in their homeland. Through the videos and phone conversations with reporters on the ground, the risks they take are brought into the open: the images of police storming the Democratic Voice's secret headquarters reveal the dangers in a closed police state. Extras: interviews with Ostergaard and his team; trailer.