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Sunday, October 25 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Last Refuge - Preceded by The Guide Boy, Lady Stone, and Minister of Papaya

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Anne-Laure Porée and Guillaume Suon

2013 | 65 minutes | Cambodia, France

In the heart of Cambodia, the Bunong people have inhabited the forest for over two thousand years, practicing animism and living in close accord with their natural environment. Recently, though, the region has fallen victim to one of the world’s most aggressive deforestation campaigns, with 2.85 million hectares of Cambodian forest leveled for rubber cultivation. The Last Refuge, produced by celebrated Cambodian director Rithy Panh and directed by Anne-Laure Poreé and Guillame Soun, follows a young woman from the community as she returns to document the devastation of the environment and the resistance by the Bunong people. 

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Preceded by The Guide Boy, Lady Stone, and Minister of Papaya

The Guide Boy

Phally Ngoeum

2014 | 8 minutes | Cambodia

On a mountain known equally for its mythical associations and its history during the Khmer Rouge period, 12-year-old Chre works as a tour guide, eking out a meager living. Though his hardships seem insurmountable—his mother died when he was a toddler and his sister migrated to Thailand, leaving him the sole provider and caretaker of his sick father—his resilience is their equal, as he dreams of getting an education and improving his professional prospects. 

Lady Stone

Roeun Narith

2014 | 9 minutes| Cambodia

At the foot of the mountains in southern Cambodia, a woman scrabbles in the white dust to turn rocks into pebbles, which she will sell for 35 cents a sack. She once owned land, but malaria carried everything away: her money, her rice field, and her husband. Selling the pebbles with plans to seek employment in Phnom Penh, she tenaciously hangs on to hope and a new life in the big city. 

Minister of Papaya

Roeun Narith

2013 | 8 minutes | Cambodia

Armed with a brightly colored motorbike, a wide smile, and an engaging sense of humor, Mao Bora roams the streets of Phnom Penh selling papayas and bringing positive energy wherever he goes. This small but mighty film is a joyful reminder of how the simplest actions can produce hope and inspiration.

Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Caribou Room, Fifth Floor

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