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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Final Countdown

We are closing in on our final forty days in Cambodia and the heat is up - literally it has been in the 90s starting midway through the week.  Although we have been able to produce several small projects in our time here, we are only just beginning several others which we will have completed before heading home.  Admittedly we are guilty of succumbing to the slow (and disorganized) pace that is Cambodian life, but as our time here is winding down more pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.  We came over here with the hope and intention of telling stories about Cambodian children involved with Gary’s soccer league.  We wanted to use the soccer league as a vehicle for exploring the realities of kids born into harsh livelihoods due to the historical social and political turmoil that engulfed Cambodia for much of its recent history.  We have met many wonderful kids through the soccer league and children centers, which provide education and other lacking necessities for them.  What we did not count on was just how difficult it would be to share the kids lives through film – both due to the language barrier and to the way the children and their ‘images’ are protected by the school/center administrators.  Having said all of that, we have found other ways to get involved and portray some of what we hope to share with all of you.  It has been a long road building rapport with the various members of organizations and hopefully these relations will be the foundation of the projects to come.  These projects have changed from personal documentary aspirations to aligning with the goals and missions of the many people doing humanitarian work in Siem Reap who were in need of our videography skills.  We hope you have enjoyed reading and watching what we have presented thus far and stay tuned for more to come.

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