Siem Reap Ocean In Motion Film Festival

The Siem Reap community will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without even getting wet at the country’s first Ocean In Motion Film Festival as part of a series of screenings in both Bangkok and Cambodia.

Featuring a series of short and mid-length films, each one documents the beauty, power, excitement and importance of the ocean through stories of adventure, exploration, ecosystems, culture and science.

Q&A will be held after the event on topics related to the ocean and water appreciation.

Now in its 5th year, Ocean Recovery Alliance, a Hong Kong-based NGO, and curator of the only Asian ocean-focused film festival, is proud to be helping to raise awareness about the ocean in Cambodia, as it relies on its surrounding waters as one of its biggest natural assets for tourism, fishing and a strong portion of the country’s livelihood, including of course the Tonle Sap Lake, and Angkor’s history with water.

“The Ocean in Motion Film Festival brings the ocean to the community in a fun an entertaining way, bringing appreciation to the sea which is often under pressures from pollution, overfishing and exploitation of resources.

The ocean is incredibly resilient if given a chance to rejuvenate itself, and the wildlife within it,” says Doug Woodring, founder of the event and Ocean Recovery Alliance.

“We are very excited to be bringing this event to Siem Reap, and building a sense of appreciation and pride for protecting our waters and the ocean downstream, building a new community of ocean ambassadors along the way.”

One of the feature films is “One Shot,” about the world famous surfing photographer, Russel Ord.

His shots are good and have graced the covers of surfing magazines worldwide, but deep down Ord know he didn’t walk away from a secure career as a firefighter to take just “good” shots.

He wants to go to bed at night knowing he’s taken that “one” shot, the on that he’ll remember not because of the surfer’s reputation, but for the position he had to be to capture.

Just down the coast is a thick, evil, brute of a wave he knows will deliver the opportunity to capture just that. But as a loving husband with three kids it’s not lost on him that the end goal and that drive to have “his moment” isn’t going to come without sacrifice.

The Festival will be screened at Bambu Stage at 5:30pm on Monday, December 4th. Tickets are free, with donations accepted.

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