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Synopsis

សង្ខេប

SET AGAINST THE EXOTIC BEAUTY AND ANCIENT CULTURE OF CAMBODIA, TWO YOUNG GIRLS, PIM AND CHAMRON, EMBARK UPON A JOURNEY OF YEARNING IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY THEY NEVER HAD.

ALONE AND AGAINST THE WORLD THEY MEET KITH, AN OLDER BOY. KITH TAKES THEM UNDER HIS WING, SHOWING THEM HOW TO SURVIVE AS THE THREE TRAVEL ONWARD TO THE SEA.

SLOWLY PIM AND KITH FALL FOR EACH OTHER, DISCOVERING THE LOVE FOR WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING.

ALTHOUGH MANY OF THE ISSUES IN THE FILM HAVE A HEAVY TONE, THERE IS AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF HUMOUR AND HAPPINESS, REFLECTIVE OF CAMBODIANS’ LOVE FOR LIFE.

THE FILM EXPLORES OUR YEARNING TO BE RESPECTED, APPRECIATED AND LOVED, TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL TAKE YOU IN THEIR ARMS AND HOLD ON TO YOU FOREVER.

Cast & Crew

DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: FOREST WISE

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: JAIME REYNOSO

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: HUSSYJR.® FILMS CRIMSONPOLARBEAR.® AND CRANE®

CO-PRODUCER/ TRANSLATOR DIRECTOR: BOPHA PHOUNG LAV

SOUND DESIGN: MARK VAN HOEN / SERGIE GROSHEV

ORIGINAL SCORE: MARK VAN HOEN

EDITOR: METUS (LOW KEY) THUESUE & FOREST WISE

CAST:

KITH CHEANG: AS KITH

CHAMROEUN TAING: AS CHAMROEUN

PIM CHAN: AS PIM

OUN SOKSARA: AS WOMAN

SPECS

Running time: 1 hour 49 minutes

Country of origin: USA

Country of filming: Cambodia

Language: Khmer

Shooting format: red epic

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Film: Color

Gallery

វិចិត្រសាល

Posters

Behind the Scenes

Movie Stills

ACW Tease-up

The Project & Motivation

គម្រោង នឹង ការលើកទឹកចិត្ត

THE IDEA WAS TO CREATE A FILM THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN CAMBODIA.CREATIVE ELEMENTS WERE PRESERVED IN THE DIRECTOR’S ORGANIC SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT, THE CASTING, AND THE DIRECTION OF THE MOVIE.BY INCLUDING LOCAL CHILDREN IN THE FILM MAKING PROCESS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EMPOWER THEM AND OPEN THE DOORS TO THE WIDER WORLD. THEY ARE ALL PARTNERS IN THE FILM AND WILL SHARE IN THE FILM’S PROFIT.

FOREST SPENT YEARS IN THE COUNTRY WORKING WITH CHILDREN BEFORE WRITING THE SCRIPT. EMBRACING THE OPPORTUNITY THE CHILDREN TOLD STORIES OF THEIR LIVES, THEIR WISHES AND THEIR DREAMS.

FROM ITS INCEPTION, A CAMBODIAN WINTER HAS BEEN AN AMAZING JOURNEY.

AFTER MONTHS OF WRITING THE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, FOREST AND BOPHA STARTED THE PROCESS OF CASTING THE CHILDREN.

USING THE SCRIPT AS A BLUE PRINT, FOREST AND BOPHA WORKED TOGETHER WITH THE CHILDREN FOR MONTHS, REHEARSING AND BUILDING UPON THE STORY, BASICALLY RE-EDITING THE WHOLE SCRIPT.

FOREST AND BOPHA BEGAN FILMING A MOVING PIECE OR ART WITH JAIME REYNOSO (DOP).

UTILIZING POWERFUL MOBILE EQUIPMENT AND YEARS OF EXPERTISE, WE CAPTURED THE HIDDEN GEMS OF VILLAGES, CITIES AND ANCIENT TEMPLES ACROSS CAMBODIA.

THESE DREAMS REVEALED IN THE FILM ARE PORTRAYED IN A CHILD’S WAY, DIVING INTO A FANTASY WORLD MIXED WITH REALITY.

THE SURREAL ELEMENTS ARE SUPPORTED BY ANIMATION IN SOME SCENES, INCLUDING A WISE TALKING BUFFALO.

ALTHOUGH MANY OF THE ISSUES IN THE FILM HAVE A HEAVY TONE, THERE IS AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF HUMOUR AND HAPPINESS, REFLECTIVE OF CAMBODIANS’ LOVE FOR LIFE.

THE FILM EXPLORES OUR YEARNING TO BE RESPECTED, APPRECIATED AND LOVED, TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL TAKE YOU IN THEIR ARMS AND HOLD ON TO YOU FOREVER.

TAKING A CONVOY OF MINI VANS LOADED WITH CREW FROM AMERICA, MEXICO AND CAMBODIA PLUS THE CHILDREN CROSS-COUNTRY WAS POTENTIALLY ANOTHER NATIONAL LAMPOONS VACATION.

HOWEVER WHAT WE ACHIEVED IS NOTHING SHORT OF MAGICAL.

ALL THE CHILDREN, MOST OF WHOM HAD NEVER BEEN OUT OF SIEM REAP, WERE ABLE TO SEE THEIR COUNTRY, EXPERIENCE THEIR CULTURE AND LEARN SOMETHING THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE THEIR PERSPECTIVES, MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME.

See you soon, somewhere.

Love and light. X

Becoming Part of the Team

សូមចូលរួម ជាក្រុមការងារ

THIS IS NOT AN IDEA OR A DREAM, IT’S NOT SOMETHING WE PLAN TO DO, THIS IS A REALITY! WE’VE ALREADY DONE IT. WE HAVE WRITTEN THE SCRIPT, FOUND THE CAST, ASSEMBLED THE CREW AND SHOT THE FILM! NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET US ACROSS THE FINISH LINE, TO THE BORDER, ON THE MOON.

AS AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION OF ARTISTS, OUR IDEA WAS TO CREATE A FILM THAT WILL IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN CAMBODIA.

KNOWING THE ENTIRE BACKGROUND OF THE FILM PROJECT, IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT WE NEVER PLANNED TO WORK WITH A BIG PRODUCTION COMPANY.

BY OBTAINING FINANCING THROUGH PRIVATE SOURCES, WE ENSURED CREATIVE ELEMENTS WERE PRESERVED IN THE SCREENPLAY, THE CASTING, AND THE DIRECTION OF THE MOVIE.

THEREFORE, AN INDEPENDENT FILM PRODUCTION WAS THE BEST SOLUTION, WITH ALL THE DIFFICULTIES CONNECTED WITH THIS DECISION.

THINK GUERRILLA-STYLE FILMMAKING, WITH HIGH-END PRODUCTION VALUE AT ITS MOST ESSENTIAL.

THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS WE WERE GUIDED BY THE ENERGY OF HOPE AND THE STRENGTH OF WHAT WE HAD, NOT WHAT WE WERE MISSING, OR WANTED, OR NEEDED. WE HAD CAMBODIA WITH ALL ITS BEAUTY AND WISDOM AS THE MAIN ART DIRECTION AND WE HAD THESE INCREDIBLE KIDS.

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO HELP US IN THIS PROJECT, CONTACT US!

THE FILM IS COMPLETED, AND WE NOW GOING OUT INTO THE WORLD, GETTING INTO FESTIVALS, ALTHOUGH VIRTUAL, AND NOT THE TOP ONE’S YET, WE ARE WINNING AWARDS, SO THAT CAN’T BE THAT BAD.

We are planning a 13 city/country tour in the next year after this pandemic leaves us. The idea is to have a screening with live music score, an art show with stills and things from the film. Followed by a live Q&A with cast and crew, with all profits going to an organization we choose to support. Yes kids who have never been out of the country seeing the world for the 1st time, and Bopha a woman in charge making it happen, in a world of liars and thieves, afraid to be something more than their ego’s.

We know it took forever and a day. But it was worth all the headaches, heartaches, and hell we went through. We hope you love it as much as we do.

See you soon, somewhere.

Love and light. X

CAST & CREW

តួ នឹង ក្រុមការងារ

BOPHA PHOUNG LAV
CO-PRODUCER/ TRANSLATOR DIRECTOR
JAIME REYNOSO
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
MARK VAN HOEN
COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER
KITH CHEANG
AS KITH (ACTOR)

BIO COMING SOON

CHAMROEUN TAING
AS CHAMRON (ACTRESS)

BIO COMING SOON

PIM CHAN
AS PIM (ACTRESS)

BIO COMING SOON

OUN SOKSARA
AS WOMAN (ACTRESS)

BIO COMING SOON

Festivals

ពិធីបុណ្យ

More information coming soon

Contact Us

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