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Sean Gallagher

Using a unique mix of drone cinematography and Cambodian poetry, Sean Gallagher’s film explores the changes in Cambodia’s landscape brought about by deforestation and forest fires, and the emotional impact these changes have had on Cambodian people.

Deforestation has been accelerating across Cambodia. It is estimated that up to a quarter of the country’s forests have been lost in the past 20 years. The main drivers behind deforestation in Cambodia are the conversion of forest lands for agricultural use and the targeted logging of valuable species, such as rosewood, for the Asian furniture market.

Each year, fires burn in record numbers throughout the forests of north and central Cambodia. At their peak, during the dry season between January and March, it is estimated that thousands of separate fires burn all over the country, more than in any other country in South East Asia.