|Gaël Bordier,Tristan Mendès France
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“An investigative report like this is complicated, because we can’t communicate with our contacts over there. You can’t send an email to Burma saying we are making an anti-Junta film because our local could end up in prison.”
Tristan Mendès France, Co-Author, in Happy World: The Making Of
Happy World focuses on the dictatorship of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which has been ruled by a military junta since 1962. In 2009, French journalists Tristan Mendès France and Gaël Bordier travelled to Myanmar posing as tourists, using amateur film equipment to preserve their cover. Their online documentary Happy World – Burma: The Dictatorship of the Absurd explores the ways that Myanmar’s junta controls its citizens, such as limiting gasoline consumption, controlling television content, and censoring the Internet—as well as the different ways that the Burmese have developed to cope with widespread oppression. Fact sheets, additional videos, infographics, and interviews with Burmese dissidents supplement the documentary. Links to this additional information pop up in the Happy World’s video player whenever it becomes relevant, allowing audiences to explore the content at their own pace.