In 2013, thousands took to the streets in Cambodia protesting against the re-election of long-serving prime minister Hun Sen in what some optimistically saw as shoots of a “Cambodian spring”. Christopher Kelly’s sprawling documentary, filmed over six years, is an honest and engrossing portrait of three grassroots activists, a trio of Davids taking on the might of Goliath. There’s gripping human drama here, but the absence of a voiceover limits the film’s accessibility to those already interested in Cambodia; there are just a few snippets of background information on intertitles.
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