Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Changing lives

I haven't seen the monthly listings for Meta House (next to Wat Botum in Phnom Penh) yet but this coming Saturday (7th March) at 6.30pm they are showing Changing the World on Vacation, an intimate portrayal of the grassroots organization PEPY (Protect the Earth Protect Yourself), their founder Daniela Papi and the NGOs efforts to support children's education in rural Cambodia with the aid of 'volun-tourism.' With over 1,500 charities working in Cambodia, this is a chance to take a first-hand look at what one such organization does and how it affects the people on the receiving end. It's 90-minutes long and the director is Daniela Kon. Should be fascinating. Find out more here.
Don't forget, on Saturday 14th March at Meta House, the first showing in Cambodia of the documentary Out of the Poison Tree will take place. Thida Buth Mam returns to Cambodia with her two sisters to discover what happened to their father during the murderous Pol Pot regime and how justice and reconcilliation is viewed in light of the current Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

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Blogger Daniela Papi said...

Hi Andy - I am sure Daniela Kon is grateful that you passed that on. For me, I would be fine if no one I knew saw the film.... ha. It is a critical look at volunteering an voluntourism and shows some of the many many mistakes we made at PEPY during our first year (2005-Jan 2007 the trip dates when D.Kon joined us). Daniela Kon and myself will both be there for a Q&A afterwords. I hope people will stay and ask questions as I would love to point out areas where we have learned and things which others interested in the world of voluntourism can learn from our mistakes. See you there?

March 4, 2009 at 5:09 PM  

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