Programme 2019

Buoyancy

Director: Rodd Rathjen

fiction

India Premiere

Section: International Competition

Country: Australia | Year: 2019

Language(s): Khmer, Thai | Time: 92 mins

Synopsis

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.

Director's Bio

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.