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‘A River Changes Course’ Explores Development Impacts on Cambodia

A new documentary provides a fresh look at how Cambodia development can damage the livelihood of rural Cambodians who depend on natural resources. Filmmaker Kalyanee Mam, who directed “A River Changes Course,” told VOA Khmer that development is affecting Cambodians in different ways, but many people continue to lose land and other resources. The film follows the lives of three Cambodians, as they grapple with the impacts of development in their rural homes. Sav Samourn sees the clearing of forests around her jungle home. Sari, a fisherman, watches as commercial fishing depletes stocks. And a young girl, Khieu, from a small village outside the capital, encounters mounting debt within the family, as it struggles with the annual rice harvest. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng reports.