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496 Ratings

A Cambodian Spring

Directed by Christopher Kelly
United Kingdom, Cambodia, 2017


Charts the chaotic and violent wave of change shaping modern-day Cambodia, and follows three activists over six years as they speak out against the injustices taking place all around them in the name of progress, development and democracy.

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A Cambodian Spring Directed by Christopher Kelly

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2019 | Nominee: Outstanding Debut by a British Writer

Irish Film and Television Awards

2018 | Nominee: George Morrison Feature Documentary

What are people saying?

  • Katya Kazbek's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    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.

  • SiIencio's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    Overlong and superficial, shallow, lacking context. It is extremely difficult to understand fully the intricacies that characterize every social or political conflict, Kelly doesn't shed any particular bright light. The viewers will often find themselves empathizing with the oppressed highly confused as to why this is all happening. A lot of guess work required thanks to Kelly's lazy approach to digging up the truth.

  • Kwemo's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    Is it possible for a human being to resist being self serving? Yes it lacks formal information but it also allows us to experience the chaos that makes us feel for the people in the story. Removal of many dates and names doesn't afford us to be cold, judgmental armchair activists.

  • Didonne's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    Documentaire remarquable sur une nouvelle forme de tyrannie au Cambodge : celle du capitalisme et de la corruption. Des villageois luttent contre les injustices qui les frappent. On y voit également une nouvelle forme de témoignage : partout des smartphones photographient, enregistrent et filment pour garder trace des luttes. Un documentaire salutaire.

  • jsmelor's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    An audiovisual testimony of the abuses under the banner of development, progress and equality. A scream (one of many) of people who are negatively affected for the benefit of "everyone". But it remains to me, at times, like a distanced documentary that shows tragedy.

  • Superfrog's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    What is interesting in this documentary is all that is not said. Who gets the push from world Bank and who doesn't, and what the goals behind the scenes were. Good to see the genuine people struggle and curious to know what sacrifices they had to make to fit into the mold.

  • P D Dawson's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    A powerful documentary that follows the political crisis of democracy within Cambodia. What begins as a tale of the rich suppressing and pushing out the poor, spirals into a complex but narrativeless study of a people on a quest for change. The Venerable Monk Luon Sovath lends his support to this quest but at the cost of upsetting the apolitical creed of his monastery. The complexities dealt with here are unresolved.

  • I.Camera's rating of the film A Cambodian Spring

    In a week when the Cambodian opposition leader has released from prison, this is an important document of a corrupt kakistocracy being met with defiance. The passive role of the Buddhist 'government' is especially telling. The presence of multiple cameras is prob. the only thing keeping any of the activists out of prison.However, the episodic structure of the film (title cards and time shifts) diminishes its impact.

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