Lost World

As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman’s relationship to her beloved home are faced with the threat of erasure.

For over a decade, the government of Cambodia has granted several private companies concessions to mine these mangrove forests for sand. Each year, millions of metric tons of sand are shipped to Singapore to enlarge this island nation’s landmass, while Cambodia destroys its only natural protection against erosion, rising sea levels, tsunamis, and hurricanes and lays waste to a vital and fragile ecosystem that thousands of families depend on for their livelihood.

Director(s): Kalyanee Mam
Production: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Kalyanee Mam, Adam Loften
Music: Vy Phalla, David Mendez, Matthew Atticus Berger
Actors: Vy Phalla, Vy Seyrah, Ming Pheap, Penn Sophany, Ka Min, Luy One
Year: 2019
Duration: 16 min
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): Khmer
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: Cambodia, Indonesia
Screening rights: Go Project Films ()
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Main topic(s): Natural Resources & Mining
Secondary topics: soil forest wilderness wildlife
Mentions: sand mining land dreading ecosystems mangrove forests artificial islands
Topic Page(s): Natural Resources & Mining

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