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A River Changes Course


Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while life for the Cambodian people continue to flow in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. The director spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians as they struggled to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt. A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, it traces a devastating and beautiful story of an ancient culture ravaged by globalization.


  • A beautiful film about the uncertain future of Cambodia's many young people.
  • A serious documentary reveals the anguishing sense of loss behind a profusion of ravishingly beautiful images
    The Wall Street Journal
  • Honest and well made
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Kalyanee Mam’s graceful docu offers an impressionistic portrait of life among three rural Cambodian families
  • A troubling look at age-old ways of life in Cambodia that are increasingly unsustainable, this is recommended.
    Video Librarian

Festival Participation

  • Sundance - 2013
    World Documentary Grand Jury Prize
  • Atlanta Film Festival - 2013
    Grand Jury Award
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival - 2013
    Special Jury Prizes for Best Director and Best Cinematography
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - 2013
    Documentary Feature Golden Gate Award
  • Environmental Film Festival at Yale - 2013
    Grand Jury Prize - Best Feature
  • RiverRun Film Festival in North Carolina - 2013
    Human Rights Award
  • - 2013
    The Center For Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award
  • Vancouver International Film Festival - 2013
  • Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival - 2013
  • Bilbao International Film Festival - 2013
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - 2013
  • DokFest Munich - 2013
  • Jerusalem Film Festival - 2013
  • Mumbai Film Festival - 2013
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival - 2013

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