Kalyanee Mam's visually moving and insightful directorial debut "A River Changes Course," which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema documentary, will open in limited theatrical release at the IFC Center in New York Oct. 4 and the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills Oct. 11.
"A River Changes Course" follows three young Cambodian women and their struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life amid rapid development and environmental degradation of the river they have lived and worked on for generations.
Working in an intimate, verité style, Mam spent two years in her native homeland: from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh.
The documentary traces a devastating and beautiful story of an ancient culture ravaged by globalization and the ever changing environment.
According to the filmmakers, the villagers in the film are but a small example of what is going on around the world in many third world countries.
"A River Changes Course" has garnered praise from critics and claimed numerous Best Documentary Film awards since it's world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, including receiving award honors from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Atlanta Film Festival.
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