Monday, December 5, 2011

Sorel's look at Cambodia

Filmmaker Tim Sorel
Tim Sorel's film is finished but not yet available for general viewing. He's cut it down to an easily-digestible thirty minutes and called it, The Trap of Saving Cambodia. I helped out a bit on the production of the film a while back, connecting Tim to a few people who appear in the film, obtaining permissions and getting in the way rather than helping when Tim interviewed the late Vann Nath and Em Theay. Initially the film was to look at Cambodia thirty years after the end of the Khmer Rouge regime and focusing on efforts to educate and inform Cambodians, especially young Cambodians, about what happened in the country in the 1970s. That was the original plan but over the course of the filming and interviews, University of Florida telecommunications professor Tim Sorel, the filmmaker, who has more than twenty years experience in television and film productions, changed the film's direction. The final version heavily features human rights and Sorel told me that "a trip to visit the people who were evicted from Dey Krahorm changed the film and in several ways my life." It shows in the film which he intends to show at human rights festivals and across the United States to organizations working in Cambodia. It may find its way onto the internet in due course.
Tim Sorel interviews the late Vann Nath, artist and survivor of S-21, in 2008

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