101 East: Rohingya VJs

Production: Al Jazeera English
Country: Myanmar
Year: 2023
Duration: 25'
Directed by: Lynn Lee, James Leong

Five years after the genocidal repression of the Rohingya Muslim people in Myanmar, this documentary reveals exclusive secret footage. The situation of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority is no longer in the media spotlight, but some journalists are bravely filming in secret inside what they call an apartheid state and are sharing hundreds of hours of exclusive footage with 101 East.

The videos tell a grim story: although the atrocities that triggered the mass exodus in 2017 have subsided, the Rohingya continue to suffer discrimination, exploitation and state-sanctioned physical abuse. They cannot travel freely, have limited access to education and health care, and are victims of corrupt local officials. Moreover, a civil war rages and has left them trapped between rival factions.

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