Cambodia is in the midst of a massive economic land concessions crisis, resulting in nearly 2.2 million hectares of land being reallocated from farmers and villagers to private firms. Since 2003, over 40,000 Cambodians have been affected by these large-scale land grabs. As companies push in to clear forests for timber and land to grow major industrial agricultural crops like rubber, sugar cane, soy, and cassava, villagers are forced off their farmland.
On March 20th 2014 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, Speroway will be hosting a screening of the Sundance award-winning film A River Changes Course , which intimately captures the stories of three families living in Cambodia as they strive to maintain their traditional ways of life amid rapid development and environmental degradation.
The LA Weekly calls it: “A beautifully lensed and compelling portrait…the film grips with quiet sincerity.”
A River Changes Course is a brilliant, subtle, and important film. It is a diary of the dignity, resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit of Cambodians. It is an emotional and engaging experience that leaves you moved by its beauty and challenged by the observations it makes and the questions it raises.
We encourage you to join us on March 20th at 6:30pm and participate in this important dialogue about globalization, sustainable development and environmental conservation. Together I believe we can empower Cambodians to analyze their current situation, and within their respective communities, determine how to respond to this rapid change.