Director: Kalyanee Mam
Awards: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance
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.