Sunday, July 28, 2013

Changing course

On Thursday (1 Aug) of next week, director Kalyanee Mam will be in town to discuss her multiple-award-winning documentary, A River Changes Course at Meta House, from 7pm. Winning this year's Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema is a massive feather in the director's cap. Here's what I wrote about the film in October 2012:
Twice a year the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia changes course and the cycle of life involved with this phenomenon persuaded filmmaker Kalyanee Mam to follow three young Cambodians as they struggled to come to grips with the changes taking place around them. The result is the documentary film, A River Changes Course. As a lawyer, photographer and writer, Kalyanee 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 was the cinematographer for a film called, Inside Job, about the financial meltdown on Wall street between 2007-2010 and which received an Oscar for best documentary feature.

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