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A man and woman sit by a fire under a shelter and talk.
Courtesy of Kalyanee Mam

The Fire and the Bird’s Nest

Migrant Films

In a remote valley in southwest Cambodia, Reem Sav See fights to save her ancestral homeland from a hydro dam and illegal logging that threaten to destroy the natural and spiritual heritage of the ancient Chong people. The Fire and the Bird’s Nest portrays two competing narratives about their relationship to the natural surroundings: one that views the land as a sacred source of life to be revered and protected, and another that treats the land as a natural resource to profit from and exploit. Which one the people of Areng Valley choose will determine the fate of their valley and the future of Cambodia. Directed by Kalyanee Mam. 

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This project is fiscally sponsored by Women Make Movies.