Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Honors Program continues its Honors Film Series when it presents “The Storm Makers” on Monday, November 30th at 7:00pm in the Honors Commons classroom.
Set in Southeast Asia, “The Storm Makers” centers on a young Cambodian woman, Aya, who was sold into forced labor at age 16 in Malaysia. Beaten and sexual assaulted while in captivity, Aya returns home, still poor, but with a child.Despite her freedom, life is no easier for the young mother, reunited with a now unwelcoming family.
The term “Storm Makers” refers to Cambodian human traffickers, and the damage they inflict on villages and families. One trafficker seen in the documentary clams he has sold more than 500 Cambodian girls, some as young as 14 years of age.
Produced by Rithy Panh and Julien Roumy and directed by Guillaume Suon, “The Storm Makers” premiered at the 2014 Busan (South Korea) International Film Festival, where it won the Mecenat Award for Best Asian Documentary Film. The documentary is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
Following the film, a panel discussion will take place, discussing the documentary’s themes and message. The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public.