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A Cambodian Spring Rated 15

A Cambodian Spring

Dir. Chris Kelly. UK, 2016. 2h 6m. Starring Luon Sovath, Tep Vanny.

An intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over six years, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’ and the tragic events that followed. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Chris Kelly, Buddist monk The Venerable Sovath, who stars in the film, and filmmaker Fran Lambrick (I Am Chut Wutty). Award-winning, local filmmaker Rob Lemkin (Enemies of the People) will chair the Q&A.

'This is a slow-burn piece of investigative journalism: a grassroots exposé of how Cambodia's newly democratic government snaffled World Bank money.' ★★★★ Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, The Times

'The documentary works not just as investigative journalism but also as a universal story about a community trying to save itself from destruction.' ★★★★ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent