Jungle Guard

By Makara Ouch

Cambodia | In Khmer with English subtitles | 2019 | 56 min 51 sec | PG

 

This documentary explores the work of Venerable Bun Saluth, a Buddhist monk who has committed his life to the conservation of an extensive parcel of primary forest in Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey province. Now known as the Rukhavaon Monk Community Forest, its rich biodiversity still faces threats from human exploitation and climate change.

A breathtaking homage to Rukhavaon Monk Community Forest, Jungle Guard’s cinematography highlights the beauty of forest canopies and the life in this habitat. The film also discusses the legal protections Venerable Bun Saluth has secured in cooperation with government authorities, and educational programmes that have been created to raise awareness about the environment.

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

Makara Ouch (b. 1989, Cambodia) has made several documentaries including Village History, Pol Pot Home, and Genocide Education in Cambodia which were screened in Cambodian high schools. Ouch was selected for the ASEAN-ROK Film Leader Incubator (FLY) filmmaking programme, and is an alumnus of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts American Film Showcase programme. In 2017, Ouch received The Royal Order of Cambodia from King Norodom Sihamoni.

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