Buoyancy

Directed by Rodd Rathjen

Year: 2019
Running Time: 92
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Country: Australia
Language: Khmer and Thai with English subtitles
Genres: Drama
Subjects: Human Rights
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Buoyancy

Cast
Sarm Heng
Thanawut Kasro
Mony Ros

Crew
Directed by Rodd Rathjen


With theaters closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this film will be released on September 11 in Kino Marquee virtual cinemas supporting independent theaters. Click here to learn more and find a theater near you to support.

This story of a Cambodian teenager sold into forced labor on a Thai fishing boat is a passionate testimony against social injustice and a moving coming-of-age tale about a boy whose humanity is put to the test. 

Spirited 14-year-old Chakra works the rice fields with his family. He yearns for independence and seeks out a local broker who can get him paid work in a Thai factory. Without telling his family, Chakra travels to Bangkok to make his fortune. But when he gets there, he and his new friend Kea realise the broker has lied to them. Along with other Cambodians and Burmese, they are sold to a fishing captain as slaves.

Chakra and Kea are trapped at sea, trawling fish 22 hours a day, surviving on just a handful of cold rice a day. The captain quickly weeds out those weakened by the conditions or trying to escape, and throws them overboard. The trawler sells its catch and restocks its supplies without going to land, making escape impossible. As fellow slaves are tortured and murdered around them, Kea begins to lose his mind. When his only ally is killed, Chakra looks to Rom Ran to understand what it will take to be free. With hope and humanity dwindling, Chakra decides to take control of the trawler.

Reviews

"Critic's Pick! A vivid fiction... insistently political."

"A terse minimalist thriller... supremely satisfying."

“A harrowing edge-of-your-seat adventure tale with social punch.”

“Taut and urgent.”

"Powerful. A gripping debut."



Awards

  • Australia's Official Oscar Submission

  • Ecumenical Jury Prize – Berlinale Panorama

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