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Series:Bijou After Hours
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:93 Minutes
Director:Rodd Rathjen
Year Released:2019
Production Country:Australia
Language:Khmer and Thai with English subtitles


"It grows thrilling to watch. Rathjen's careful script and intensive eye for environmental detail delivers all of this to us with a steady rhythm."—Rolling Stone

"[Rathjen] doesn't find spurious poetry in other people's pain or try to glean greater meaning from it. He knows the suffering is meaning enough." —The New York Times

"A taut and urgent message movie that tracks with a pounding single-mindedness the horror of human trafficking." —Variety

Spirited 14-year-old Chakra works at the rice fields with his family. He yearns for independence and seeks out a broker who can get him paid work in a Thai factory. Without telling his family, Chakra travels to Bangkok to make his fortune. But when he gets there, he and his new friend Kea realize the broker has lied to them. Along with other Cambodians and Burmese, they are sold to a fishing captain as slaves.

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