This Friday sees the release of documentary Burma VJ, a harrowing account of the 2007 bloodshed where military action against protesters saw hundreds of peaceful monks slaughtered.
Journalism is outlawed in Burma, so the footage, shot by guerilla video journalists (the VJ of the title), was taken and smuggled out of the country with the very real risk of death looming large.
Join us for a look at other documentaries that were dangerous, in a variety of ways, for the filmmakers to complete;
Deliver Us From Evil (2006)
The Film: Traces the career of US Catholic Priest Oliver O’Grady who abused potentially hundreds of young children between the 1970s and 1990s, when he was deported back to his native Ireland.
The shocking revelations include the fact that the Catholic Church not only knew about Father O’Grady’s child abuse, but actively covered up the scandal by moving him to different parishes around Northern California.
The Risk: Attacking the foundations of Catholicism, up to and including the Pope, the filmmakers risked the might of the world’s fifth largest economy, backlash from pro-Church organizations and censorship.
The Result: Although the film shed light on the nefarious practices of the Church, much of the organization is immune from prosecution, with Pope Benedict XVI being pardoned by President Geroge W. Bush at the Vatican’s request.
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