Cambodian Documentary Video: Coming Home - Home to Areng Valley

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Coming Home - Home to Areng Valley

Coming Home https://www.facebook.com/kalyanee.mam “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” - Mark Twain The day after my birthday, I boarded the plane at SFO and embarked on a new journey, returning to my homeland of Cambodia. As the plane hovered over Phnom Penh, I was reminded of the very first time, nearly seventeen years ago, I flew above the glistening rice paddies and towering palm trees. I was 21 years old at the time with no memory of our country. My family and I fled Cambodia when I was only two years old. Yet, butterflies fluttered above the pit of my stomach and I felt like I was coming home. That day, I knew I wanted to learn more about my country. Today, butterflies still intact, I want to help protect it. We recorded this video soon after my film crew and I left Areng Valley for the first time last year and soon after I made a promise to Reem Sav See that I would do everything in my power to protect her land and the land of our ancestors. As I begin another journey in Cambodia, I remind myself of my promise, not only to Reem Sav See but to myself - to love, to fight, and to protect the nature that is our home.

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