House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific & Amnesty International present:
Fight or Flight: Peering Behind the Dark Secrets of Land Grabs in Cambodia
A panel discussion and documentary screening “Even a Bird Needs a Nest”
Guest Speakers: International Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA, T. Kumar, & the Director of Aid Effectiveness at Oxfam America Inc., Gregory Adams.
Event time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
“Even a Bird Needs a Nest” is an award winning documentary about the scourge of forced evictions in Cambodia perpetrated as a result of massive government corruption. Much of this land belongs to the Cambodian people and has been their home for generations. Today, these powerless residents are being threatened, intimidated, and violently thrown out of their homes by the Cambodian government who is offering the land to powerful companies as concessions for commercial purposes. This film focuses on the residents of the Boeung kak district in the capitol of Phnom Penh, who have been compelled to live in relocation camps that do not offer basic services or safe quarters to sleep at night. It depicts a daring group of women who struggle in the fight to resist these ongoing land evictions.
The documentary screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session on land evictions in Cambodia and the broader implications of this injustice for Cambodia’s society. The event will also feature a digital display of photographs by the acclaimed photographer Emma Hardy who traveled to Cambodia to capture the story of communities fighting to reclaim their rights to own, inhabit, and work the land they once owned.
Please RSVP to [email protected] by June 18 to let us know if you plan to attend.
*Light refreshments will be served