Cambodia has one of the world's largest disabled populations, including an estimated 43,000
landmine survivors and 50,000 people affected by poliomyelitis. Discriminated against at every
level of society, they are seen as 'useless'; a burden on the family and the community. Unable
to participate in education and employment opportunities, many disabled men, women and children
live as outcasts. Denied their equal rights, they remain trapped in the cycle of poverty.
Senior Khmer filmmaker Chum Reap, UK director Darren Swallow, editor Phan Yasi and M.E.T.A.
students Sao Sopheak (29), Borei Sylyvann (25), Ngo Meng Hak (22) and Ream Chamrouen (19)
are following "success stories" of disabled people in Battambang province, who have received
vocational training through the NGO "Handicap International France" (HI): Yim Samon (52)
lost his hand because of a landmine. Nowadays he works as a carpenter. The tailor Kor Loeut (47)
suffers from poliomyelitis since she was three years old. Chai Sophal (35), whose leg was amputed,
sells lighter gas and grows mushrooms.
The documentary (approx. 30 mins, Khmer with English subtitles) has
been co-produced by the NGO "Handicap International". The bonus material
includes an original song by Cambodian's most famous chapei player Kong Nay,
who is also blind, and a "making-of" plus interviews with the M.E.T.A. team.