C IS FOR CAMBODIA and U IS FOR UNITED KINGDOM
Christopher Kelly spent six years in Phnom Penh documenting the struggle of citizens of the area around Boeung Kak lake against land grabs. I found the film to be very sound structurally, as much as something with so many characters that’s sporadically filmed can be. It’s a great protest tragedy, all the more poignant by showing what’s often left behind the scenes: the way protest often rots from the inside due to feuds between members. There is no way to know who’s right and who isn’t but the impact was made, and it will last longer than any of us.
A Cambodian Spring (The Cause of Progress), 2016
Director: Christopher Kelly