CTFF 2021: Short Documentary Corner

CTFF 2021 Short Documentary Corner
Sunday, September 26  @ 12 PM
Location: Art Theatre Long Beach. 2025 E 4th Street. 90814
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(Art Theatre mandate: All guests must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. Masks are required inside the theatre. Kids under 12 can enter with masks)


Keep Saray Home (30 mins)

Synopsis: ICE doesn’t just separate families at the border. On the outskirts of Boston, three families face the impending threat of deportation. But as refugees from Cambodia and Vietnam, they know they’ll have to fight together to stay together.

Directed and Produced by Brian Redondo
Co-Produced by Bethany Li, Kevin Lam
Cinematography by Brian Redondo & Diana Diroy
Edited by Jota Sosnowski & Brian Redondo
Original music by Robert Ouyang Rusli
With support from Working Films and Asian American Resource Workshop

Official website: www.keepsarayhome.com


My Home (29 mins)

Synopsis: In My Home (produced by Sopheana Choun, Choulay Mech, Sopheak Yam, Sochetra Mean, Pisen Chhean), the story of a mahout, Chheol Thouk, is used to highlight the impact of deforestation on Bunong communities and elephants.

            


Dull Trail (12 mins)

Synopsis: In Dull Trail (produced by Ricky David Choey, Mono Peou, Raksa Khon), the story of Mae Nang the elephant is documented. Blind in one eye and traumatized from years of war and American bombs, Mae Nang learns to accept the love of her mahout, Da Chroed. The film draws attention to Mae Nang’s trauma, and the effects of Cambodia’s experiences of conflict on the other-than-human world.

         


Memories (15 mins)

Synopsis: In Memories (produced by Sonan Sous, Sreytoch Sat, Theang Paov), issues of gender and cultural change are explored. Although Bunong cultural practice has tended not to confer the role of mahout (an elephant caretaker) to women, Preng Chanthy strives to maintain the traditions of her indigenous community.

               


Shadow Puppet (5 mins)

Synopsis: Khmer shadow theatre is a form of shadow play in which leather shadow puppets are used. Sorn Soran, a Cambodian shadow puppet maker and performer explains why he became interested in this ancient art form.

Film By: Phally Ngoeum & Chanrado SOK
Producer: Cambodia Town, Inc.

Cast/Crew:
Camera, Sound & Editing: Chandara Sok
Line Producers: Chandara SO
Written by:Phally Ngoeum
Featuring: Soran Sorn

Director Bio: 

Phally Ngoeum is a Cambodian filmmaker whose documentaries have focused on social issues.  Her love for exploring the field of social justice through the documentary lense came through with her involvement as co-writer to the film, “The Storm Markers”, a feature length documentary film that traces modern-day slavery through the eyes of victim and traffickers. The film received Mecenet award at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2014, Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2015, Durham, U.S.A., and was broadcasted by Arte France, La Lucarne Slot, PBS, and BBC.

Chanrado Sok  grew interested in the relationship of media, public opinion, and freedom of expression. He has primarily worked as a documentary filmmaker making four shorts since 2015. This allows him to engage with society and develop the stories of the real characters he finds around him every day.

 

 


The Mask (4 mins)

Synopsis: Sup Sakara is a mask maker for Cambodian masked theaters. Explores mask making and its origins.

Film By: Phally Ngoeum & Chanrado SOK
Producer: Cambodia Town, Inc.

Cast/Crew:
Camera, Sound & Editing: Chandara Sok
Line Producers: Chandara SO
Written by:Phally Ngoeum
Featuring: Soran Sorn

Director Bio: 

Phally Ngoeum is a Cambodian filmmaker whose documentaries have focused on social issues.  Her love for exploring the field of social justice through the documentary lense came through with her involvement as co-writer to the film, “The Storm Markers”, a feature length documentary film that traces modern-day slavery through the eyes of victim and traffickers. The film received Mecenet award at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2014, Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2015, Durham, U.S.A., and was broadcasted by Arte France, La Lucarne Slot, PBS, and BBC.

Chanrado Sok  grew interested in the relationship of media, public opinion, and freedom of expression. He has primarily worked as a documentary filmmaker making four shorts since 2015. This allows him to engage with society and develop the stories of the real characters he finds around him every day.

 

 


Spirit of Bokator (6 mins)

Synopsis: The legacy of bokator (a Cambodian traditional martial art) is on the edge of being forgotten. Martial-arts Master San Kim Sean delivers a wise message reflecting bokator in the modern generation of Cambodia.

Film By: Phally Ngoeum & Chanrado SOK
Producer: Cambodia Town, Inc.

Cast/Crew:
Camera, Sound & Editing: Chandara Sok
Line Producers: Chandara SO
Written by:Phally Ngoeum
Featuring: Kimsean San, Angkor Reachvann San & Pong Bopha Ouk

Director Bio: 

Phally Ngoeum is a Cambodian filmmaker whose documentaries have focused on social issues.  Her love for exploring the field of social justice through the documentary lense came through with her involvement as co-writer to the film, “The Storm Markers”, a feature length documentary film that traces modern-day slavery through the eyes of victim and traffickers. The film received Mecenet award at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2014, Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2015, Durham, U.S.A., and was broadcasted by Arte France, La Lucarne Slot, PBS, and BBC.

Chanrado Sok  grew interested in the relationship of media, public opinion, and freedom of expression. He has primarily worked as a documentary filmmaker making four shorts since 2015. This allows him to engage with society and develop the stories of the real characters he finds around him every day.

 

 


Cham Community of Santa Ana (7 mins)

Synopsis: The Islamic Center of Santa Ana (ICSA) was established by a dozen Cham Muslim families who escaped from war-ravaged Vietnam, Laos and the killing fields of Cambodia in search of new lives and religious freedom.

Film by: Robert Carleton-Chhaing
Producer: Cambodia Town, Inc.

Director’s Biography: Visual Anthropologist/Documentary filmmaker, Robert Carleton (Carl Off) is a founding member of the Los Angeles experimental arts collective, Hop-Frog Kollectiv, the record label URCK Records and Akara Films. Carleton focuses on art, particularly film and music, as a tool for social change. His first documentary film, From the Heart of Brahma, is about Cambodian Classical Dancer and LBGTQ activist, Prumsodun Ok.  Meanwhile he has worked on multiple documentary shorts with Meta House in Phnom Penh in association with the E.C.C.C. about civil parties to the Khmer Rouge tribunal. He is currently filming a short documentary on Colin Grafton, a British photographer living in Cambodia and serves on the advisory board of Cambodia Town, Inc. with whom he produces a variety of video works. With his film and videography company, Akara Films, Robert centers work on oral histories, personal and promotional films.

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