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Dan Carrier’s movies news: A Cambodian Spring; Lost In Vagueness

18 May, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

A CAMBODIAN Spring (pictured) tells the story of three people who were forced to become politicised by events within their country.

Filmed over six years, Chris Kelly’s documentary tells how a land rights movement and a Buddhist priest fought for change – and how the 2013 “Cambodian Spring”, as anti-government protests were called, became a wider sign of their individual struggle against corruption, greed and anti-democratic forces.

Kelly’s footage is superbly edited, the interviews are telling, and it acts as a lesson to all about standing up for what you know is right. It has won awards at film festivals across the world and is an inspiring piece of contemporary reportage.

• Lost In Vagueness not only took me back to some hazy memories of parties in fields, but reminded me of a story the New Journal broke way back.

Roy Gurvitz, who the film is about, has Camden connections. A friend of Roy’s was squatting a flat in Holly Lodge, Highgate, when Vagueness was having difficulties with Glastonbury, and Roy came to the New Journal for help publicising what was going on. He believed his idea was being hijacked by the festival.

We wrote about how Glastonbury was changing and it was picked up by a couple of Sunday nationals.

It made the film particularly poignant as I’d remembered hearing first hand from Roy over a cup of tea about what he felt was being done to something he felt a sense of ownership about.


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