Director: Kalyanee Mam
Awards: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance
Running Time: 83 Minutes
This film is being screened as part of Ohio University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ Khmer (Cambodian) Studies Forum. The screening is co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the School of Film at Ohio University.
For more info about the Khmer Studies Forum, please visit: www.seas.ohio.edu/ksf2013.html
Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verite style, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam (Director of Photography for the Oscar-winning documentary INSIDE JOB), spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt. A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A RIVER CHANGES COURSE traces a remarkable and devastatingly beautiful story of a country torn between the rural present and an ominous industrial future.