Boeung Kak visit the new Phnom Penh Governor

Boeung Kak and Borei Keila residents gathered in front of the Phnom Penh Municipality to ask for a resolution to the on going land dispute in Boeung Kak. Protesters also used the occasion to protest the imprisonment of fellow community member Yorm Bopha, who was arrested and imprisoned in early Sept 2012.
At around 2pm protesters blocked the traffic along the main road in front of the Municipality, shortly after mixed police forces in riot gear forced them to move.

Villagers from Boeung Kak and Borei Keila gather in front of City Hall to ask the new Phnom Penh governor to resolve the on going land dispute in Boeung Kak. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 01 July 2013 © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

Villagers from Boeung Kak and Borei Keila gather in front of City Hall to ask the new Phnom Penh governor to resolve the on going land dispute in Boeung Kak. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 01 July 2013 © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

Riot police move in to dispearse Boeung Kak and Borei Keila villagers who had blocked off the road in front of City Hall. Villagers had gathered to ask the new Phnom Penh governor to resolve the on going land dispute in Boeung Kak. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 01 July 2013 © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

Mixed Police attempt to move Boeung Kak and Borei Keila villagers who had blocked off the road in front of City Hall. Villagers had gathered to ask the new Phnom Penh governor to resolve the on going land dispute in Boeung Kak. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 01 July 2013 © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

Tep Vanny and a small group of villagers from Boeung Kak and Borei Keila face off with riot police as they attempt to move them from the road. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 01 July 2013 © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

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It has been a long time.

It has been a very long time since I have posted on this blog, and a lot has happened since my last post.

Most importantly, the Cambodian national elections will be held in July this year. The election results will form the conclusion to our film project, it will mean we have been filming in Cambodia for more than four years.

The Venerable Loun Sovath has returned from America and is as active as ever, attending protests, filming and disseminating information via social media and his blog. Most recently was the appeal court hearing for Yorn Bopha, a Boeung Kak representative who is currently in jail accused of masterminding an assault on two motodops. During the peaceful protest organised by the Boeung Kak community, the motodop association members staged a counter protest. Among their numbers were the two alleged victims of the attack. Both protests passed off peacefully and the hearing will continue on June 14th.

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Boeung Kak community members wait outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Onlookers photograph Boeung Kak community outside the appeal court in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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The Venerable Loun Sovath films the motodop association members as they stage a counter protest outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Human Rights activists film Boeung Kak community members outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Human Rights activists film Boeung Kak community members outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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The Venerable Loun Sovath films Boeung Kak community members outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Boeung Kak community members outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Boeung Kak community members outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Boeung Kak community members outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Boeung Kak community members outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Motodop association members stage a counter protest outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Motodop association members stage a counter protest outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

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Motodop association members stage a counter protest outside the court of appeal in Phnom Penh. © Chris Kelly 2013.

With regards to the film itself, we have been spending the past few months laboriously translating the past four years worth of footage and preparing the rushes for viewing with the editing team. The post production stage is time consuming and difficult, so the election campaigns will bring a welcome return to filming and will mean an increase in the blog posts as we cover the campaigns.

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Amnesty International Slum Stories in Cambodia

In 2010 and 2011 film director Chris Kelly produced five short documentaries for Amnesty International about the lives of people coping with the consequences of forced evictions in Cambodia. We have gathered all five films here just in case you have not seen them before, we hope you enjoy them.

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