A River Changes Course

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Director: Kalyanee Mam | Countries of production: Cambodia | Year: 2013 | Length: 83 min
Language: Cambodian with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while life for the Khmer people continue to flow in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction.

Working in an intimate, verité style, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam (Director of Photography for the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job), spent four years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians as they struggled to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt.

A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A River Changes Course traces a devastating and beautiful story of an ancient culture ravaged by globalisation.

breathtakingly beautiful… breaks new ground
The Huffington Post

Sundance, Grand Jury Prize, World Documentary