Womyn's Agenda for Change
Womyn's Agenda for Change
PAY OR DIE!
In Cambodia poor people often spend a lot of money on healthcare. As a result they fall in debt, losing property such as their land and house - the main sources of their livelihood. They become landless and as migrant workers they struggle to earn a living. Some of them end up on the street as beggars or working under very exploitative conditions.

However, under the state-own policy, the poor can access basic healthcare services though the quality is not as good as private healthcare. Despite not appearing in its current national strategical plan, the Cambodian government now has plans to operate more and more hospitals autonomously. Experts fear that this will not improve health conditions for Cambodian people, but will limit the accessibility of services.

PAY OR DIE (20 minutes, Khmer/English) is co-produced by the NGO Womyn's Agenda for Change (WAC). It was written and directed by two young female aid workers Chrek Sorphea and Ly Pisey and edited by Germain Priour. The documentary captures the poor people's voices and their true stories of struggling and hardship in order to survive and get healthcare service. The soundtrack contains the song "Suffering from Privatization" by "The Messenger Band", Cambodia's only girl group "with a cause".