Thirty years ago, the Khmer Rouge perpetrated genocide upon their own people. Attempting to create a classless society, they killed nearly 1.7 million people, primarily the adult, educated and artistic population. Three decades later, the children born to the uneducated, poverty-stricken survivors face a bleak future. With the farming lands in the countryside decimated, and little opportunity in the cities, thousands of children are struggling to survive. Abandoned by destitute family members, or forced to work in order to support themselves and relatives, these children are left vulnerable and exposed. On the streets of the capitol city of Phnom Penh, there are over 12,000 children living, begging and working. Through their eyes, their day-to-day heartbreak, dangers and hopes come to life. As we watch these snapshots of their lives, a common theme reveals itself: These children are desperate to be educated. Desperate to have a chance to change their lives but are lacking the ... Written by
LIfe through their eyes will change yours forever....
5 August 2008 (USA)
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Did You Know?
The only reason Charam, the street beggar who turned out to be the centerpiece of the film, is even in the film is because the crew was thrown out of the park they were filming in by the police after refusing to pay a bribe. Because they had to switch filming locations, they ran into Charam and his little sister Lina. See more