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Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 August 2008 (USA)
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The struggles of the street and garbage dump children of Cambodia are examined through the personal stories of five children and their journey toward education.


Heather E. Connell
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Megan Follows ... Narrator


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 Anonymous

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LIfe through their eyes will change yours forever....




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5 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)


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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 »

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Will open your heart
10 April 2012 | by rescuetomSee all my reviews

This film is a heart wrenching documentary on the plight of just a few of the children who live on the streets and in the dumps of Cambodia. Although the movie can bring you to tears you cannot help but be impressed at the courage and will to survive displayed by the featured children. It is hard not to become attached to Charam, Laysang, and Linna. The movie has some very humorous moments as well especially when one of the kids grandmothers is on screen. Writer, Director, Producer H.E. Connell appears to be an up and coming documentary powerhouse with a new film in production. It seems as though the movie producer also has a foundation for these kids. After watching the movie you should look for the website.

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