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School of Politics and International Relations

A Cambodian Spring screening

12 June 2018

Time: 6:10 - 8:00pm
Venue: Genesis Cinema 93-95 Mile End Rd London E1 4UJ

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Buddhist monk and award-winning activist Venerable Loun Sovath is harassed, censored, and evicted by his own religious leaders when he becomes a key figure in the land-rights protests that led up to the “Cambodian Spring” beginning in 2013. Two fearless women, children in tow, take charge and lead the growing movement in their community, repeatedly facing imprisonment and violence.

Shot over six years, A Cambodian Spring is an intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and aggressive sweep of forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of “economic progress”. The film charts the complexities, both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe, asking the audience: how much would you be willing to sacrifice?

Followed by a Q&A with the film subject Venerable Sovath, filmmaker Chris Kelly & Dr Lee Jones, Reader in International Politics at QMUL.

Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 2017

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