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A River Changes Course – A Perspective on Human Rights and the Costs of Globalization

A Conversation with Filmmaker and Lawyer Kalyanee Mam

Date/Time :9/16/2013 12:15 PM - 1:25 PM
Location :Room 1447, UCLA School of Law
Organizer :Catherine Mayorkas, Director, Public Interest Programs
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Please join the UCLA School of Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy for the first program of its 2013-14 speaker series.
A River Changes Course – A Perspective on Human Rights and the Costs of Globalization
A Conversation with Filmmaker and Lawyer Kalyanee Mam
Moderated by UCLA School of Law Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow E. Tendayi Achiume
Monday, September 16, 2013
12:15 - 1:25 p.m.
[Lunch served]
Room 1447, UCLA School of Law
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Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course.  A River Changes Course is an intimate look at the rapid changes and hard choices forced by globalization in Cambodia. Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and recipient of many other awards, the film tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them.
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, A River Changes Course traces a remarkable and devastatingly beautiful story of a country torn between the rural present and an ominous industrial future.  Khmer Studies Forum Screening, Ohio University
Award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, and born storyteller, Kalyanee Mam, is committed to combining her passion for art and advocacy to tell compelling and universal stories. Born in Battambang, Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime, she and her family fled the refugee camps at the Thai-Cambodian border and eventually immigrated to the United States in 1981.
These stories and many others inspired Kalyanee to return to her native homeland and to make films about atrocities occurring in Cambodia even today. Most recently, Kalyanee has directed, produced and shot winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, A River Changes Course, which charts the radical changes in Cambodia today that are transforming not only the country’s landscape – but also the dreams of its people. Kalyanee has also worked on 2011 Oscar-winning documentary, Inside Job (Cinematographer, Associate Producer, and Researcher) about the global financial crisis and documentary short Between Earth & Sky (Director, Producer, Cinematographer) about three young Iraqi refugee artists living in Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. A graduate of Yale University and UCLA School of Law, Kalyanee has also worked as a legal consultant in Mozambique and Iraq.
This program is cosponsored by the School of Law’s Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program, International Human Rights Law Association, International Justice Project and Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs.
The 2013-14 David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series is made possible by the generous support of the Margaret Levy Fund.
For more information, please contact Catherine Mayorkas, Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, at (310) 206-9155 / mayorkas@law.ucla.edu.

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