Academy Docs Spotlight Stories of Political Struggle and Defiance

Beverly Hills, CA (May 16, 2011) - “Woman Rebel” and “Burma VJ” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.  Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Directed and produced by Kiran Deol, “Woman Rebel” reveals that many of those who joined the ranks of the Maoist guerilla fighters during the decade-long civil war in Nepal were women.

“Burma VJ” presents the story of courageous journalists who remained inside Burma, hidden from the country’s repressive military regime, secretly videotaping events around them and smuggling the tapes to foreign news agencies.  Directed by Anders Østergaard and produced by Lise Lense-Møller, “Burma VJ” earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature. 

The 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series continues through June 1, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2009 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year. 

All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  All seating is unreserved.  The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood.  Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue).  For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600.

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