Winner, Rory Peck Features Award Winner, One World Media Award for Children's Rights
As Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, faces continued imprisonment by the country's military government, this timely and remarkable Dispatches film follows the lives of eight Burmese orphans as they struggle to survive the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.
Filmed covertly over the course of a year by Burmese cameramen, who risked an instant 30-year jail sentence if caught, Orphans of Burma's Cyclone exposes the official intransigence of one of the world's most brutal and secretive regimes and, for the first time, reveals what day-to-day life is like for the ordinary people of Burma.
The film’s producer Evan Williams writes more about how this film was made at www.channel4.co.uk, where you can also watch the film.
"Remarkable, wrenching film..a potential award winner "
- The Sunday Times
"Quite unmissable..the tales, the shots are apocalyptic, devastating..haunting footage..[The Generals seek] the greater glory of Burma in the eyes of the world. This seminal programme should I cannot hope with much more passion ensure that the absolute reverse occurs"
- The Observer
- The Daily Telegraph
"Channel 4's novice film-makers not only managed to track three sets of orphans over a year and ask them the right questions but to film them in a grim, art house kind of way, rather beautifully"
- The Times
"a blinding reminder of how truly irrelevant nearly everything else that will be shown on television this week is"
- The Scotsman
July 1, 2009
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