Director: Rodd Rathjen
Section: International Competition
Country: Australia | Year: 2019
Language(s): Khmer, Thai | Time: 92 mins
Chakra, a 14-year-old Cambodian boy, secretly leaves home in search of a better life, but is sold to a Thai broker and enslaved on a fishing trawler. As fellow slaves are tortured and murdered around him, he decides his only hope of freedom is to become as violent as his captors.
Rodd Rathjen is an Australian writer and director. He made the short Tau Seru (2013) in India, which had its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, won Best Australian Short at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), screened at over 50 international festivals, and received a number of awards. In 2014, Rathjen participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus as a Director. His short film, Sweat (2015), was awarded Hot Shots funding and had its World Premiere at MIFF.