Real Screen

Planet in Focus Fest Reveals Line-Up


The Moveable Fest

Kalyanee Mam Charts A Way Forward For Cambodia In “A River Changes Coure”

While “A River Changes Course” depicts shaky times for Sari, Sav and Khieu, the three strong villagers who Mam follows as they fend for their families, the film is exceptionally assured, lovingly lensed to bring out the beauty of Cambodia’s people and its lush landscapes while raising all the right questions about the potential toll of globalization ‎and the risk of leaving behind older generations in order to let the new ones succeed.

The Cultureist

A River Changes Course – The Destructive Effects of Modernization in Cambodia

“Despite differences in ways of life, there are human similarities that resonate with everyone.”

The Nation

Punching Above its Weight

More views from across the border come from Cambodian genocide survivor and activist Youk Chhang, who will present “A River Changes Course”, which won the World Cinema Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance festival. Directed by Kalyanee Mam and produced by Chhang’s Documentation Centre Cambodia, it’s a look at how the country’s ancient culture and fragile environment is being devastated by globalisation.


Weekly Update for October 11: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

“A haunting tale of what’s around the corner for our world.”


Arclight Cinemas Host 3rd Annual International Documentary Film Festival

The Arclight Cinema will host the “Documentary Film Festival” 2013. Now in it’s third year, the “Documentary Film Festival” is the largest of its kind in southern California.

Los Angeles Times

‘River’ Reveals a Cambodia in Crisis

What’s happening in Cambodia today is “as significant and as destructive to the people of Cambodia as the atrocities that were committed during the Khmer Rouge period. I felt I needed to document this now before it was too late,” says filmmaker Kalyanee Mam.

The Wall Street Journal

‘A River Changes Course’

“Kalyanee Mam’s documentary feature reveals the anguishing sense of loss behind a profusion of ravishingly beautiful images.”

The Huffington Post

A Cambodian Spring

“The question we must ask ourselves is not whether development is bad, but whether the process is one that values human life.”

Los Angeles Times

Cambodia’s evolution vividly captured in ‘River Changes Course’

“A deeply felt portrait of Cambodia…exquisite in its immediacy and agility.”


Tacoma Film Festival

Tacoma Film Festival Winner For Best Documentary Feature

HuffPost Live

Sundance Grand Jury Winner Discusses Khmer Rouge Legacy In Cambodia 

More than 1.7 million people perished during the rule of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (approximately 21 percent of the country’s population at the time). Khmer-American Kalyanee Mam, director of the documentary “A River Changes Course,” joined HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski to discuss the lasting impact of Pol Pot’s terror on the country.


Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2013)

A River Changes Course offers an impressionistic portrait of life among three rural Cambodian families.”


A River Changes Course

“The quiet, non-intrusive verité style of A River Changes Course makes tangible, and human, the colossal concept of globalization.”


Filmmaker Explores Cambodian Families Struggling to Maintain Tradition

For her directorial debut, A River Changes Course filmmaker Kalyanee Mam traveled to her native homeland of Cambodia to capture the stories of three young Cambodians struggling to maintain their traditional way of life while the modern industrialized world closes in around them.

The New York Times

Development Comes With Downsides in Cambodia: ‘A River Changes Course’ Looks at Life in the Countryside

“This human story is profound enough to stand on its own.”

The Village Voice

Losing Sight of Hope in an Impoverished Lavish Land in A River Changes Course

“The lushness of the jungles of northern Cambodia—and of the photography of the same, shot by director and director of photography Kalyanee Mam—belies the stark choices facing the young people born into this land of rivers, rice paddies, and tiny villages.”


“A River Changes Course” Exposes Cambodia’s Environmental Woes

“I wanted to tell the story of indigenous people in Cambodia and around the world who have been thrown off their land. I spent three years with these families; I lived with them and I want you to live with them too (by watching the film) so you could understand the beauty of their lives. And I don’t want anyone else to get in the way of that: not even myself,” said Mam.

Anthem Magazine

Screen Test: Kalyanee Mam

The Cambodian filmmaker’s award-winning A River Changes Course takes a dispassionate look at globalization quagmire.

Vancouver International Film Festival

Award Winners at VIFF 2013

Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Adjudicated Awards for Best Film

WBEZ’s Worldview

Cambodian Stories of Globalization

‘A River Changes Course’, by director Kalyanee Mam, won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance. Kalyanee Mam joins us to discuss the film.

Long Beach Post

Award Winning Filmmaker Documents Globalization In Cambodia

A River Changes Course is one of the featured films being shown at the Art Theatre on Saturday, September 14, as part of the two day Cambodia Town Film Festival.


Award-winning documentary ‘A River Changes Course’ to open in NY and LA

Kalyanee Mam’s visually moving and insightful directorial debut “A River Changes Course,” which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema documentary, will open in limited theatrical release at the IFC Center in New York Oct. 4 and the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills Oct. 11.

The Phnom Penh Post

Garment Workers See Lives Reflected on the Big Screen

Director Kalyanee Mam returned to Cambodia from the US in the lead-up to the election to screen the film to universities and villages around the country, aiming to cultivate a dialogue among voters on the country’s future. On Friday, she screened the film in Khieu Mok’s own living quarters.

VOA Khmer

Filmmaker Seeks Yearlong Screening for ‘A River Changes Course’

“Kalyanee Mam has launched an online campaign so that she can screen the film for a full year in Cambodia.”

We Are The Movies

New Faces of Indochina: The Rocket, A River Changes Course

“An impressive debut by the young female director Kalyanee Mam…the interviews are candid and heartfelt.”

HuffPost Live

The AU Review

Sydney Film Festival Review: A River Changes Course

“A River Changes Course is a beautiful title for this poignant film, capturing the sense that, what once was certain, is now changing immeasurably.”

The Sierra Club Magazine

“A River Changes Course shares remnants of a life that so many citizens of industrialized nations have never known. For better or worse, these people are being pulled with the tide of globalization.”

Seoul Festival

The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul Announces Winners

Green Film Festival in Seoul

Atlanta Film Festival

Atlanta Film Festival Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature.

Bermuda News

“The cinematically spectacular and sensory journey is a profound portrait of Cambodians marching from their ancient culture into a globalized economy, with a focus on the human cost of this transformation.”

Khmerican Review

“With grace and careful attention to everyday episodes from Cambodians’ livelihoods, A River Changes Course is ultimately a pensive look beyond three individual cases into the meaning of striving for better a life despite limited resources.”

International Documentary Film Festival

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Winner of the Grand Jury Conscience Award


San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Winners

“San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Winners” from IndieWire on May 9th, 2013 Winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary Feature at The San Francisco International Film Festival

Hollywood Reporter

“Lee Isaac Chung Takes Two Top Prizes at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival” Hollywood Reporter on May 9th, 2013 Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Best Director and Best Cinematography at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Female First

Top 6 Documentaries Of 2013

“A River Changes Course is a powerful and moving film that shows the difficulties faced by the people living in this beautiful place.”

The Lady Brain Show

The Lady Brain show interviews Kalyanee Mam, director & cinematographer of the gorgeous & touching documentary, A River Changes Course.

LA Weekly

Four Movies to See at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

from LA Weekly on May 2nd, 2013 “Never alarmist or sensational, the film grips with quiet sincerity.”

Wanda’s Picks Radio

Director Kalyanee Mam: San Francisco International Film Festival


Reyna Cowan interviews Cambodian American flimmaker Kalyanee Mam about her film “A River Changes Course” showing at the San Francisco International Film Festival and winner of Best World Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Hollywood Reporter

“Francois Ozon, Kate Miles Melville, William Vega Win at RiverRun Film Festival” from Hollywood Reporter on April 26, 2013 Winner of the Human Rights Award at River Run Film Festival

Yale Environmental Film Festival

2013 Environmental Film Festival at Yale Bestows Top Honors to a River Changes Course

from Environmental Film Festival at Yale on April 23rd, 2013 Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature

San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Five Must-See Documentaries at the Huge San Francisco International Film Festival” from San Francisco Bay Guardian on April 23, 2013 “A vividly-shot, meditative look at lives being forced to modernize.”

The Huffington Post

“A River Changes Course at the Yale Environmental Film Festival: Interview With Filmmaker Kalyanee Mam”


Poster Premiere: A River Changes Course – Kalyanee Mam

The News Observer

“‘American Promise’ tops Full Frame awards” from The News Observer on April 7th, 2013 Winner of the Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Boston Globe

Filmmaker returns home to modern, decimated Cambodia

“The Cambodia she examines in her spare, stunning film is a very different one than the Cambodia of her early life.”

Film Society Lincoln Center

Cambodia Takes the Spotlight in April

“Old Ghosts, New Dreams: The Emerging Cambodian Cinema” will take place parallel to the citywide “Season of Cambodia” arts festival April 19 – 25.”

Pacific Radio Los Angeles KPFK 90.7FM

“Heart-breakingly beautiful and deeply thoughtful.”

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