Friday, September 29, 2006

Cambodia's forgotten children

What began as a university project for Chris Cook and Matt Wenham has turned into much more for the two fledgling British film-makers. A trip to Cambodia in the summer of 2005 was the catalyst for the two friends, who have now completed a thirty minute documentary, Cambodia's Forgotten Children, which offers a unique insight into the problems facing young people in Phnom Penh today. The film takes you to the capital's poorest areas and explains why so many children are at risk from exploitation, while introducing the viewer to some of the NGO's that are trying to help. A series of touching interviews and hard hitting footage will highlight an underprivileged and vulnerable youth, whose spirit and resilience shines through against all odds.

The film was shot in January of this year with the assistance of the South East Asia Children's Mercy Fund (SACMF), Vulnerable Children's Assistance Organisation (VCAO), Jeanine's Children Association (JCA), Healthcare Centre for Children (HCC), Lighthouse orphanage and Playsafe youth centre. Chris and Matt are putting on a fund-raising event on 28 November 2006 at the Picturedrome pub, in Kettering Road, Northampton, UK. They're looking to sell 200 tickets and will screen their film as well as host a live music band, finger food, drinks, an auction and raffle plus much more, with all proceeds going to the NGO's that featured in the film. If you can help or want to know more, email them here.

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