Boomtown Babylon

Boomtown Babylon

World Premiere featured in the Phnom Penh Post.

Boomtown Babylon is a short documentary about a young family living in Peace City 2, a relocation camp on the edge of Phnom Penh.

Much of the film’s footage was shot by a 12-year-old garbage-picker called Srey Neng, after directors Vincent Moon and Lotje Sodderland gave her a camera with which to document her new life.

As casualties of Cambodia’s quest to develop after years of civil war, she and her family have recently been evicted from the capital’s slums, losing their jobs and forced to make do on the urban periphery.

Along with many thousands of evictees, Neng and her family face a monotonous cultural and economic void on margins where they can be neither seen nor heard, making way for the dream projects of the new elite