A River Changes Course
Director Kalyanee Mam scheduled to attend | May 26 & May 27
Shot over two years, Kalyanee Mam returns to her homeland to document three families and they contend with the ever-changing economy and industry of modern Cambodia in this impressionistic and beautifully constructed portrait of life.
May 26, 2013
|5:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
May 27, 2013
|12:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Time is catching up with Cambodia, and its people are bearing witness. With rapid development changing the country, once self-sufficient rural communities are finding themselves in an unwilling state of transition, with forests being cleared, fishing stocks vanishing, and land becoming increasingly costly. As their debts accrue, many villagers are forced to seek employment elsewhere, leaving their families behind and traveling to the industrial factories of the capital city Phnom Pehn, a journey that threatens to consume their prospective wages before they've even had an opportunity to punch a clock. Filmed over a period of two years, director Kalyanee Mam's engrossing and bracingly clear-eyed feature debut achieves a remarkable intimacy with her subjects, delving into their pasts and imagined futures with a respectful yet persistent gaze. Mam, previously the cinematographer for the Academy Award®-winning documentary Inside Job, here takes a verité approach to her material, eschewing narration and explanatory text for a harshly beautiful look at the reality shift occurring in her native land. Avoiding both excess sentiment and distracting pathos, her film finds drama enough in the people and the places, as well as the effects that each element is having on the other.
Having escaped war-torn Cambodia in 1979, lawyer-turned-filmmaker Kalyanee Mam seeks to engage human rights and law to create documentaries that are both captivating and inspiring. Kalyanee most recently worked on the 2010 Academy Award® winning documentary Inside Job (director of photography, associate producer, and researcher), which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Snoqualmie Tribe
|Running Time:||83 minutes|
|Producer:||Kalyanee Mam, Ratanak Leng|
|Awards:||Sundance Film Festival 2013 (World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|