When Elephants Dance, The Grass Gets Beaten

(Când elefanții danseaza, se bate iarba)
The Netherlands / Cambodia, 2013, 25 min
NATIONAL PREMIERE
Directed by
Jan van den Berg

SCREENING IN THE PRESENCE OF DIRECTOR Jan van den Berg

Almost three quarter of the available land for agriculture in Cambodia has been sold to companies that produce for export only. Since 2003, more than 400.000 Cambodians have been chased off their lands as a result of land grabbing.

Moon is a farmer in Cambodia, on a land an hour away from the Angkor Wat temples. But she also works in the healthcare sector. With the money she earns from that job, she buys rice for the whole family and pays the school of her sisters.

At the wedding, we get a picture of the dramatic situation of many small Cambodia family farms. Every day large foreign companies are buying more of the agriculture land. The promised job opportunities don’t happen and the farmers find themselves without land or income. Many of them travel to neighboring country Thailand in search for a better life.

The stories about the trip as an illegal migrant, the exploitation and having to work with dangerous pesticides are heartbreaking.

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