My friend David did a very cool documentary about riding the rails. I wasn’t prepared to like it, but I loved it. He spent 13 years on it, probably defying the short-sighted ones out there, but he finished and now he’s at work on this one.
It’s about Cambodian refugees who came to the US when they were infants. Some joined gangs, got busted for felonies and are now being deported to the homes their parents fled. They’re being tossed back to a country they’ve never known for crimes commited in a country where they aren’t quite welcome.
They aren’t returning to rudimentary village life. They’re returning to ghettos infested with American-style crime, drugs, and prostitution.
The story revolves around a Boston woman–an ex-addict–who is bringing recovery to Thailand.
David is living in Phnom Penh and raising funds. I wish I had some. What an amazing guy he is.