11 June: Premiere of “The Cause of Progress” on land rights defenders in Cambodia

June 3, 2016

After more than eight years in the making, the documentary ‘The Cause of Progress’ will have its world première at the Sheffield international documentary festival on 11 June 2016. Preliminary versions of this film by Chris Kelly were shown in closed circles (see:  https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/documentary-the-rights-of-others-shows-human-rights-defenders-in-cambodia-against-evictions/) but it has now been finalised.

“The Cause of Progress” is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over six years, the film charts the growing wave of  land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian spring’ and the tragic events that followed. This film is about the complexities –  both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in. One the three protagonists is the ‘video monk’ Luon Sovath who was the MEA Laureate in 2012.

You can follow director Chris Kelly’s twitter @chriskellyfilm and the film website is www.thecauseofprogress.com

For more on the festival: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6090

Source: The Cause of Progress World Premiere

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