A Cambodian Spring

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Date Time Venue
2/10 (Tue) 7:30 pm Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre*
12/10 (Fri) 7:35 pm MOViE MOViE Cityplaza

*Q&A session with the guest

Chris Kelly
Cambodia, United Kingdom / 2017 / 121 min
In Khmer and English with Chi & Eng Sub

As the economy started to flourish, Phnom Penh in Cambodia saw increased conflicts over land reclamation. As the developers colluded with the government, how can the local residents organize and defend themselves? The film follows two female protagonists and a monk as they fearlessly embark on a journey to protect what is rightfully theirs.

Director's Profile
Chris Kelly was a veteran reporter who now works as a documentary filmmaker. A Cambodian Spring is his debut feature-length documentary, which was awarded Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and the Grand Prize of the International Competition at Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

Background Information

Cambodia began opening her doors to the world starting from 1990s and has since undergone rapid economic development under a free market system. The increased demand for land has prompted the government to forcibly resume some 22 million acres of land over the past few years for sale to Chinese and Vietnamese conglomerate developers.

The country's war-torn past has led to unclear land ownership and a low literacy rate, which, coupled with the ruthless policies of the government, have made it extremely difficult for displaced Cambodians to assert their rights when dealing with the government and corporate developers.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Government commenced large scale development at Boeung Kak Lake in 2007. During the process of land reclamation, water from the lake caused flooding and many nearby residents lost their home. The affected residents not only did not receive any compensation, they were transported in the middle of the night to shelters in the countryside while their houses and properties were set on fire and destroyed. The shelters they were put in were temporary sheds made of grass, and living conditions were poor with no clean water or electricity. When residents, environmentalists and social activists protested against the government's practices, they were greeted with gunfire from the police.

The Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been in power for over 30 years. During his early years in office, the country's economy was severely bogged down by serious corruption. Despite the opening up of the country and the economic development of recent years, corruption is still rampant. During the general election of 2018, the government suppressed opposition by arresting opposition leaders, jailing reporters and closing down media outlets that stepped out of line.


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