Wednesday, October 8, 2008
A documentary filmmaker born in Cambodia returns to her roots next week to take up a post with the Documentation Center of Cambodia as its Civic Affairs Officer. Kalyanee Mam's new role will be to engage local and civic society leaders and the media in the promotion of justice, as well as leading DC-Cam's involvement with the ECCC's Victims Unit. As a lawyer, photographer and writer, Kalyanee (pictured) has worked on human rights issues in various countries including Cambodia, China, South Africa, Mozambique, and Iraq. Her past work has included assisting refugees in South Africa, documenting the atrocities committed against women during the Khmer Rouge Regime here in Cambodia for DC-Cam, and working as a lawyer in Mozambique and Iraq. She escaped from Cambodia with her family in 1979, soon after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime and eventually fled to the United States as a refugee in 1981. She's a graduate of Yale University and UCLA Law School. Kalyanee is currently directing and producing Between Earth & Sky, a feature length documentary film that follows the hopes and struggles of four young Iraqis living in Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. You can find out more at her website here.