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A River Changes Course at SF Green Film Fest-BAWIFM co-presents

  • 01 Jun 2013
  • 7:00 PM
  • David Brower Center, Berkeley

A River Changes Course

Kalyanee Mam, Cambodia/USA, 2013, 83 mins
Khmer with English subtitles.
In person: Kalyanee Mam

Is money really the future we strive for? This poignant documentary encapsulates the modern dilemma for every man, woman and child faced with the toughest question: what will I do to support my family? The lives of three Cambodian families are dramatically changing in subtle but devastating ways; fish catches get smaller, lack of rain producing less rice, and the once lush and abundant forests are disappearing. The incredible variety of Cambodia’s natural landscapes is captured with haunting detail as each family is forced to make a sacrifice – to debt, for family, to survive – and each generation mourns its own frustrated aspirations. This Sundance 2013 award-winning documentary reveals the stark choices for families living on the edge of survival, children forced to work, to forage for food rather than go to school, their resilience in the face of environmental changes and man-made destruction captured with humanity and warmth. ~ Nadia Ward

Co-presented with the David Brower Center, CAAM, Bay Area Women in Film & Media, SF Film Society, and Earth Island Institute.


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