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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.”


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

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.”

Los Angeles Times

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

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



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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

Female First

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

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.”

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

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”

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.”


Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #51

“Mam’s film gives an honest examination of developmental problems facing many Cambodians today.”


SUNDANCE: Directors Tease ‘The Square,’ ‘American Promise,’ ‘Pit Stop,’ ‘A River Changes Course,’ ‘This Is Martin Bonner,’ ‘Who Is Dayani Cristal’

“It is a journey that will leave you breathless, impassioned, and uniquely connected to this beautiful but also challenging world we live in.”

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