Tuesday, 30 March 2010

May All People Be Free, Free From Fear

“May all beings living to the east. May all beings of the universe be free, free from fear, free from all distress, free from poverty. May they have peace in their hearts.
May all people be free, free from fear. Free Aung San Suu Kyi. Our Cause, Our Cause.”


I finally got around to watching Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country last night. It's a brilliant piece of journalistic documentary film-making, edited together from first hand accounts of Burmese citizen journalists standing in often imminent danger on the front lines of the 2007/8 protests against their military "government".

Shocking, provoking, and so full of information it actually made me feel ignorant and extremely stupid and ashamed of myself; if you haven't seen it and you're the slightest bit interested in the world around you, you need to watch it.

I don't think much more needs to be said really. Absorb this documentary - it isn't hard to do, you barely realise how long it's been on for until you're trying not to cry and realise you can't get up to inconspicuously go to the bathroom because you have really bad pins and needles.

****UPDATE****UPDATE****
If you want to support the Democratic Voice of Burma - the subject of the documentary, the group of exiled journalists who try to show the rest of the world exactly what goes on behind the closed doors of Burma - then here is where you can donate towards keeping them in business. They're non-profit, but every now and again their equipment is confiscated and their members are imprisoned, so every penny is precious to their efforts. Be generous, it's not often you see such brave journalism for the sake of exposing the truth and promoting democracy.


Then, if like me you're incredibly appalled and intrigued by the situation, carry on reading. May I suggest starting here.

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