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Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children
Thirty years ago, the Khmer Rouge perpetrated genocide upon their own people. Attempting to create a classless society, they killed nearly 1.7 million people, primarily the adult, educated and artistic population. Today, the children born to the uneducated, poverty-stricken survivors face a bleak future. With the farming lands in the countryside decimated and little opportunity in the cities, thousands of children are struggling to survive.
Abandoned by destitute family members, or forced to work in order to support themselves and relatives, these children are left vulnerable and exposed. On the streets of the capital city of Phnom Penh, there are over 12,000 children living, begging and working. Through their eyes, their day-to-day heartbreaks, dangers and hopes come to life.
After Saigonell, the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and killed 1.7 Million people in a former high school also known as S21 that also included rape, torture and a living hell. Now, you have children (12,000+ at this time as you read) living in poverty near waste dumps going through the trash to find something to survive, to sell for money and getting sick and worse in the process.
Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children is a heart-warming film by Heather E. Connell, who spent several years documenting the struggles of the garbage dump children of Cambodia. She brings the film to life through the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh and gives the film its soul through the voices of these children as they share stories of their lives and their dreams for the future. They are the first generation of children born to survivors of the Khmer Rouge and have learned to survive in an economy and society struggling to rebuild itself.

Safe Haven, inspired by filmmaker Heather E. Connell's work in Cambodia, is a non profit medical and therapeutic outreach for children with disabilities in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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2009 | 83 min | USA NTSC

Written and Directed by Heather E. Connell
Produced by Heather E. Connell
Original Music by Sherene Strausberg
Cinematographer: Arthur Lee
Editor: Jason Rosenblatt
Sound Editor: Brian Espinoza

Narrated by Megan Follows