A River Changes Course
Kalyanee Mam's documentary feature reveals a deep sense of loss behind ravishingly beautiful images. Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance, the film tells of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face tough choices forced by development while struggling to maintain their traditional life in a changing world.. The lush jungle of northern Cambodia belies the options now facing young people born into this land of rivers, rice paddies, and tiny villages: stay and fish and farm, help their families subsist, or head to a city like Phnom Penh, where garment factories offer a sad life of toil. Mam’s beautiful and intimate chronicle tracks ordinary days among a population scratching out lives in the midst of great natural beauty. "All the young people have gone, by the truckloads," a mother sighs, a complaint you'll hear in American farm towns, too. Kalyanee Mam will be present to discuss the film. 2013, Cambodia, 83 mins.
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