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Filmmaker returns home to modern, decimated Cambodia

Filmmaker Kalyanee Mam was born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime. She was only 4 years old in 1979 when she and her family fled through the jungle to refugee camps at the Thai-Cambodian border. Eventually they were granted refugee status in the United States and made their way to California.

A lawyer before she became a filmmaker, Mam, 36, is best known as the cinematographer for the Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job” about the global financial crisis of 2008. Now she returns to her homeland in the acclaimed documentary “A River Changes Course,” which she directed, produced, and shot. It won the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for world cinema documentary.

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