We recently had the pleasure of working with Chris Kelly and Little Ease Films on the compelling documentary feature, A Cambodian Spring.

As Prime Minister Hun Sen authorized the Boeung Kak community to be bulldozed by a private building development company, A Cambodian Spring was created. Filmed over six years, this documentary explores a series of violent uprisings that began in 2007 over the protracted land conflict in Boeung Kak Lake in the capital of Phnom Penh. Produced and written by Chris Kelly, the documentary follows three outspoken local activists fighting to obtain justice for locals who became homeless after the private development company took control of their land. As a result of the building activity, the locals were forced to evict as the lake became flooded with sand. Sadly, locals watched their homes destroyed, to make matters worse no rehousing plans were put in place for them.

We see the lives of these people as they stand up for what they believe in without any reassurances as to their future lives, homes, and land. A Cambodian Spring focuses on three local activists – two young and fearsome mothers named Tep Vanny and Toul Srey Pov and an outspoken Buddhist monk, Luon Sovath, whose peers threaten to “defrock” him for his political and personal beliefs.  As the injustice rouses them into action, protesters of all ages are met with brutality, water cannons, and police beatings.

Chris Kelly commented “A Cambodian Spring is for me a deeply personal film, which took nine years to complete. It is an exploration of what motivates us, what gives our lives meaning, and what happens when our personal desires color and shape our actions. It is an unapologetically subjective portrait of my time in Cambodia, of the people who shared their lives with me and of the shifting landscapes, both physical and emotional, that I found there.”

A Cambodian Spring is an exceptional documentary which shows the personal lives of these fearless protesters with a raw and emotional tone that captures its viewers. The film had its premiere at the prestigious Hot Docs festival in Toronto, Canada in May 2017. In addition, it won the Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary and has gone on to take many more awards, with screenings at more than two dozen international festivals including Busan, Docs MX, Antenna and Cambodia Town Film Festival.

Chris Kelly commented, “Our work with BTI Studios has enabled us to provide the film with audio description and closed captioning, and we are proud to be able to offer the film to a more diverse audience as a result.”

At BTI Studios we always take great pride in the work we produce, and it is even more special when we get to work with incredible filmmakers like Chris Kelly who inspire change in the world. Our fantastic team in London had the pleasure of voicing the audio description scripted by Head of AD Veronika Hyks. BTI London is part of our global BTI Studios team working hard around the clock to make sure our localization services allow viewers all around the world to enjoy content like A Cambodian Spring without any restrictions.