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 Wise and Bopha started the process of casting the children.
Forest 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.
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.