By Travis Thompson
The Ponheary Ly Foundation has released its latest student-made documentary which captures the struggle for education of girl students at the Srayang Dormitory. The documentary debuted at an international film festival in Cambodia and at locations across the United States.
PLF high school students Reasey Mi, Chenda Sout and Nary Chun who studied at Tchey School, planned, shot, wrote and edited the 12-minute documentary, “Sunflowers of Srayang”. The trio spent a week at the PLF’s Srayang Dormitory in Preah Vihear Province interviewing and shooting video of PLF’s girl students there.
The week was an eye-opening experience for everyone involved. In the following months, the student documentary team put together a story that tells of the struggle and heartache that students endure in order to get a basic education in an area cut off from the world by decades of war and violence.
The documentary team was guided by PLF Media Teacher Sokha Khoun and Director of Instructional Technology Diana Gross. Founder Ponheary Ly and President Lori Carlson have presented the documentary at an event in New York City and will show it again in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles in late March.
“Sunflowers of Srayang” originally debuted at the Angkor Wat International Film Festival in Siem Reap in early February.
Click below to watch “Sunflowers of Srayang”.