Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2014 Script Development Fund Projects
Bora leaves his mother and elder brother behind in his home village, and sets out with his friend Dy looking for work on the ultra-modern Diamond Island, which is still under construction. Bora divides his days between the camp, where he sleeps, and the worksites, where he becomes close with Virak and the group of friends he leads. At night they watch the flurry of youngsters on scooters crisscrossing the island. One night, Bora finds his older brother, the charismatic and mysterious Solei, who left three years earlier without giving any news. Solei exposes Bora to the exciting world of the well-to-do youth. Bora grows distant from his former friends, including Dy, who is suffering more and more on the construction site.
Cambodia is transforming itself at spectacular speed, resulting in a widening gap between those who jump on the bandwagon, and those who don’t. But what I find the most striking is the unanimous and extraordinary appetite for modernity driving today’s youth, as though the brutal exposure to globalization was a breath of fresh air after years of terrible deprivation. The movie
aims to explore the simultaneously passionate and contradictory relationship—both poetic and cruel—that Cambodia’s youth has with the myth of modernity.
The film tells the story of how the timid Bora—exposed to this new world by the magnetic Solei—learns to dream, and how chasing his dream brings meanwhile disillusionment and sacrifice.