'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

Post by that genius » Wed May 02, 2018 6:01 pm

Jamie_Lambo wrote:
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saw the 10minute trailer for this it looked good
10 minutes? That's around 8 minutes longer than your normal short-time. :dragonchase:
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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

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that genius wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 6:01 pm
Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:50 pm
saw the 10minute trailer for this it looked good
10 minutes? That's around 8 minutes longer than your normal short-time. :dragonchase:
so you was the guy peeking through my window?
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Post by that genius » Wed May 02, 2018 6:12 pm

Yes, but I was expecting a car chase for gone in 60 seconds, not you and the preacher!
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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu May 03, 2018 11:41 pm

Irish film-maker investigates the rise of land grabbing in Cambodia
A Cambodian Spring by Chris Kelly also follows the political evolution the Buddhist monk and activist the Venerable Luon Sovath
3 May 2108
Crafted over some nine years including post-production, A Cambodian Spring chronicles the campaigning of Toul Srey Pov and Tep Vanny, two of the estimated 830,000 victims of land grabbing in Cambodia, as well as the political evolution of the Venerable Luon Sovath, a Buddhist monk and human rights activist.

Loun Sovath is the best-known monk activist from the contemporary Independent Monk Network for Social Justice. His blog on YouTube, which calls for socially-engaged Buddhism, has repeatedly addressed deforestation, women’s rights and land rights. His Facebook live streams routinely attract more than 200,000 viewers across Cambodia.

“In 2009, businessmen and local authorities evicted 175 families from my village,” recalls Sovath. “Both my brother and my nephew were shot and injured. The people lost their land. They lost their rice. Many were taken to prison. The police and the company: they take the land from the farmers. I wanted to protect the farmland with my brother and my village. I wanted to stop the government and to get justice for the farmers. Buddhism must educate and help the people.”

A Cambodian Spring opens May 4th
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film ... -1.3479016
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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

Post by phuketrichard » Sat May 05, 2018 3:19 pm

more from the irish times;'

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film ... -1.3480332



Chris Kelly has an interesting tale to tell in this singular documentary. Filmed over six long years in Cambodia, the picture kicks up questions about property rights, the purpose of protest and routes out of tyranny. You will learn plenty.

Comprising endless interlocked conversations, occasionally interrupted by inter-titles, the film demands concentration from the viewer. But Kelly never forgets that he’s working in a visual medium.

Every now and then, a striking image will knock you back on your heels. Bulldozers disenfranchising the poor while lightning illuminates the clouds over Boeung Kak Lake. A disembowelled house shows its sad innards to the camera. Scored to electronic drones and the odd beat by James Holden, A Cambodian Spring, against the odds, justifies its place on the big screen.

Despite being caught up in the events of 1968, the Cannes film festival has announced no official acknowledgement of this year’s 50th anniversaryMay '68: when revolution came to the Cote d'Azur
'Breaking In' producer and actor Gabrielle Union: 'I think people in the industry finally get that people want to see themselves reflected on screen.' Photograph: Steve Marcus/ReutersGabrielle Union: ‘We are underrepresented compared to white men’
New this week: 'The Young Karl Marx' at the Irish Film InstituteAlmost every film in cinemas this week, reviewed and rated

No pat summary is easy (another reason why the picture is worth seeing in the cinema). We focus on three people who became involved in a series of protests – based mainly around land ownership – that some have dubbed the “Cambodian Spring”.
Displaced citizens

Venerable Sovath, a Buddhist monk, speaks eloquently and persuasively about his wider social responsibilities and why he can’t “stay in the pagoda”. Toul Srey Pov and Tep Vanny make the case for displaced citizens. “The rich people always break the law,” one says. A whole world nods along.

We begin with (and return to) the citizens flattened by developments around Boeung Kak in Phnom Penh. The inter-title talks us through the appointment of HE as prime minister following the collapse of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime over 30 years ago. Once a part of that movement, HE, still in power, is now the world’s longest serving prime minister. No good comes from such dominance. The picture touches on the connections between the government and the company that came to lease the land. Criminal collectivism leads on to criminal capitalism.

A Cambodian Spring does have its longueurs. But, weaving together complex material into a coherent narrative, it emerges as a sort of magic trick. A unique story. But also one that is too common and too universal.

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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon May 14, 2018 1:41 am

13 May 2018
How a trip to Cambodia turned into an almost ten year project for this Irish filmmaker
Chris Kelly’s documentary A Cambodian Spring looks at the conflict between residents and government over land in the south-east Asian country.
http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-filmmake ... 2-May2018/
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun May 20, 2018 5:18 pm

The film gets 3/5 for the reviewer from the Guardian.

Uncomfortable truths … A Cambodian Spring.
17 May 2018
In 2013, thousands took to the streets in Cambodia protesting against the re-election of long-serving prime minister HE in what some optimistically saw as shoots of a “Cambodian spring”. Christopher Kelly’s sprawling documentary, filmed over six years, is an honest and engrossing portrait of three grassroots activists, a trio of Davids taking on the might of Goliath. There’s gripping human drama here, but the absence of a voiceover limits the film’s accessibility to those already interested in Cambodia; there are just a few snippets of background information on intertitles...
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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

Post by that genius » Sun May 20, 2018 5:20 pm

I wonder of Chris Kelly has heard of Yemen? Or Afghanistan? Or Sudan?

Guess not.
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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:49 pm

The future is bleak, says ‘A Cambodian Spring’ director Chris Kelly
By: Lesly Lotha - Posted on: September 25, 2018 | Cambodia
In the run up to its screening at this year’s FreedomFilmFest, Southeast Asia Globe speaks to the director of 2017 documentary A Cambodian Spring, which highlights the infamous land disputes of Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh and charts the return of prominent opposition politician Sam Rainsy

Filmed over a period of six years between 2009 and 2015, A Cambodian Spring focuses on land conflict issues in Cambodia as well as the country’s volatile political state. We are introduced to individuals such as the Venerable Sovath, a monk threatened with “defrocking” by his peers for assuming the role of a citizen journalist and being too politically active. Then there is Tep Vanny, who starts out as a young leader of a community at risk of losing their land and goes on to become one of Cambodia’s most vocal activists.

A Cambodian Spring will be screened at this year’s FreedomFilmFest, taking place in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, and running between 29 September and 6 October. The Venerable Sovath will be a guest of honour at the festival.
http://sea-globe.com/the-future-is-blea ... ris-kelly/

UPDATE
A Cambodian Spring was shown at the festival on 29 September, but it will be screened in other locations in Malaysia and Singapore over the next two months.
FreedomFilmFest will be held from Sept 29 to Oct 6 at PJ Live Arts, Petaling Jaya. It will travel to George Town, Muar, Johor Baru, Man-jung, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore between October and December. The full film listing is available at freedomfilm.my
https://freedomfilm.my/festival/fff2018/
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Re: 'A Cambodian Spring': activist documentary wins film prize

Post by TOG » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:02 pm

that genius wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 5:20 pm
I wonder of Chris Kelly has heard of Yemen? Or Afghanistan? Or Sudan?

Guess not.
He should try living in Goma (DRC) after which, Cambodia would look like the Land of the Free.

When will these journalists(?) understand that everything in the world is relative.
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