Red Clothes is the story of a worker TY Sophanith who was wounded by the police bullets during a demonstration.
In a suburb of Phnom Penh, Boeung Tompoun, where Cambodia’s textile industry is flourishing, TY Sophanith lives with his wife and his 5years old son. The young garment worker is a former peasant from the countryside of Kampong Chhnang province. He was hired by the company SL Garment Processing, supplier to the well-known brands Gap, H&M and Levi’s which are sold at high prices in the West but the worker lives in starvation wage. Wounded by the police bullets, shot in his leg and neck, while parading alongside of thousands textile workers for their better working conditions and payment, Sophanith becomes an actor witnessed and the long struggle of Cambodian workers. The film follows his journey of struggle and determination during these delicate times, and the journey of those that preceded and succeeded him in these combative movements, at a time when the future of Sophanith merges with that of his country. Red Clothes try to ask the following essential question: what is the value of the life of a worker in relation to the economic growth of Cambodia today?
LIDA CHAN is a 35 years old Cambodian film director. She first approached image analysis as an archive librarian at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh. At the time, she was also working as journalist for RFI (Radio France International). After being trained in documentary cinema at the Cambodian Film Commission “CFC-Lab”, she was working with Cambodian filmmaker and producer RITHY PANH, and directing documentary films about Cambodia’s history and contemporary society. She is a fellow of the Sundance Institute and the IDFA Academy.
-Red Wedding released in 2012:
-IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary 2012
-Aljazeera Golden Award 2013
-Gdansk DocFilm Festival Jury Award 2013
-HRHDIFF Special Jury Award Burma 2013
-FreedomFilmFest Malaysia Best SEA Human Rights Film Award 2013
-Salaya International Documentary Film Festival Special Mention Award 2014
-Human Rights Arts & Film Festival in Melbonne, Australia Selection
-FIFDH Geneva, Switzerland Selection
-RIDM Montreal Documentary Festival, Canada Screening
-Mumbai Film Festival, India Screening
-Asiatica Film Mediale, Italy Screening
-DHFest Mexico Screening
-Doclisboa International Film Festival, Portugal Screening
-DocHouse Festival, United Kingdom Screening
-My Yesterday Night, 2010, documentary, 20 min, selected at the 17th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (France).
LIDA CHAN is also a Cambodian producer. She creates CLOUD FILMS (CAMBODIA) PRODUCTION for working towards the emergence of new talents in documentary filmmaking. Since its inception in 2014, CLOUD FILMS is producing “THE LAST LAKE” talking about the old couple fishermen in Cambodia.
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