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The Storm Makers
Abuse, Corruption, Human Interest, Social Issues, Women
France / Cambodge
Running time |
66’ - 62’
Tipasa Production, Bophana Production (Rithy Panh)
Aya is a former slave. At the age of 16, the young Cambodian peasant was sold to a Malaysian recruitment agency to work as a maid. There she was beaten, abused and deprived without receiving a salary. Now back in village, she is just as poor as when she left. Dishonoured and traumatised, what is left of her humanity?
The film traces modern-day slavery in Cambodia by disclosing the fate of this young woman and following, in parallel, the daily lives of two human traffickers, a local recruiter and the head of an agency. Cambodian people call these traffickers “Mey Kechol”: The Storm Makers.
From the impoverished remote villages to the bustling urban centre of Phnom Penh, The Storm Makers reveals a unique perspective on the exploitation of Cambodia's rural population. The film raises an unsettling question: what is the price of a young peasant‘s life in contemporary Cambodian society?