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Directed by Chris Kelly

How much would you sacrifice to fight for what you believe in?

A Cambodian Spring 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 6 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.


A Cambodian Spring had its world premiere at the prestigious Hot Docs festival in Toronto, Canada in May 2017. The film won the Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary and has gone on to win three more best documentary awards and screen at more than a dozen international festivals including Busan, Docs MX and Antenna.

Title / A Cambodian Spring Running Time / 120' Genre / Documentary Country / Ireland Language / Central Khmer with English/ Spanish Subt. Location / Cambodia, USA Format / Digital Director / Christopher Kelly Cinematography / Christopher Kelly Editing / Christopher Kelly, Ryan Mullins, Pawel Stec Sound / Ben Hensor, John Cohen, Dayo James, Matis Rei, Florentin Tudor Music / James Holden Color / Edu Aranda Producer / Edwina Forkin, Christopher Hird, Christopher Kelly and Bob Moore Production Company / Dartmouth Films, Eye Steel Film, Little Ease Films, Zanzibar Films Distribution/ Salon Indien Films (Spain and Latin America), Torch Films (USA).

“A disciplined epic . . . striking imagery . . . and a gripping story”

Donald Clarke - The Irish Times