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Monday, September 16 at 7PM Q&A with Director/writer Rodd Rathjen, Producer Sam Jennings and Carolyn Kitto (Director STOP THE TRAFFIK Australian Coalition).
Australian Writer/Director Rodd Rathjen’s award-winning debut feature film, BUOYANCY, tells the story of 14-year-old Chakra (talented newcomer, Sarm Heng), who tired of toiling the rice fields day after day, leaves his home in Cambodia in search of a factory job in Thailand. After being smuggled over the border, Chakra is instead sold as a slave to a seafood trawler where he is trapped, and subjected to hardship and routine abuse, with seemingly no way out.
BUOYANCY is inspired by the real-life plight of young men and boys sold into Southeast Asia’s fishing industry, which supplies forty percent of the world’s seafood, including Australia’s. Told through the eyes of a young Cambodian who is enslaved on a fishing trawler, we see the side of modern-day slavery that most people are completely unaware of. There are currently 200,000 boys and young men enslaved on fishing boats in Southeast Asia.
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