A Cambodian Spring

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A Cambodian Spring
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Chris Kelly
Produced by
  • Chris Kelly
Music byJames Holden
CinematographyChris Kelly
Edited by
  • Dartmouth Films
  • Eye Steel Films
  • Little Ease Films
  • Zanzibar Films
Distributed byDartmouth Films
Release date
  • May 2017 (2017-05)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$19,405[1]

A Cambodian Spring is a 2017 British documentary film directed and produced by Chris Kelly, focusing on a conflict over plans to develop the Boeung Kak lake in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. The film was premiered at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto, Canada in May 2017.[2] It was released theatrically in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 18, 2018.


The film chronicles the struggle to prevent the development of the lake by the government backed and World Bank funded Shukaku Inc., which would involve filling the lake with sand and evicting the families who live around it. Spurning the offered compensation, locals protest the development, led by three activists: the Buddhist monk The Venerable Luon Sovath, and housing activists, Toul Srey Pov and Tep Vanny.

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 94% based on 18 reviews, and an average rating of 7.4/10.[3] Writing in Time Out, Phil de Semlyen wrote "For all its sombre revelations, 'A Cambodian Spring' exudes a powerful sense of possibility.".[4]

It was nominated for outstanding Debut by a British, Writer, Director or Producer at the 2019 BAFTAs.


The soundtrack was composed by electronic music producer James Holden and released on his own Border Community label.


  1. ^ "A Cambodian Spring". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "ABOUT A Cambodian Spring". ACambodianSpring,com. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "A Cambodian Spring (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "A Cambodian Spring (2018)". Time Out. Retrieved February 8, 2019.

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