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A Cambodian Spring

Cambodia, Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom | 2017 | 126 min | Khmer | Christopher Kelly

How much would you sacrifice to fight for what you believe in?

An intimate and visceral portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over six years by Chris Kelly, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’ of 2013 and the tragic events that followed.

Kelly focuses on three individuals: two mothers of young children who lead the protest — close friends who later having a falling out; and a so-called ‘multi-media’ monk and activist, Venerable Loun Sovath, who was censored and evicted by his Buddhist superiors when he became a leading figure in the protests against various land grabs and forced evictions.

An exploration of complexities — both political and personal.

— Hot Docs, Canada, Special Jury Prize
— Busan International Film Festival, Korea
— Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taiwan

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