Everyone has a part to play in taking care of our environment. How do you think you can help?
Calling for Rain is inspired by Reamker, the Cambodian version of the epic poem Ramayana. The film takes us on a journey through the landscapes of Cambodia as it follows The Monkey on his quest to save the dying forest and its surrounding environment. The story starts after he meets and falls in love with The Fish, and depicts the struggles he must overcome after the loss of his home in the forest. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the problems of the forest and its surrounding fields and rivers are linked to the irresponsible behaviours of the Fire Dragon.
Khvay Samnang (b. 1982, Cambodia) lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is a visual storyteller who works with film and photography. Samnang’s work combines dance, poetry and visual images to discuss social issues such as the destruction of the environment, the loss of traditions and heritage, and the impact of power and authority to society. In 2016, a group of Cambodian villagers taught him how to weave vines into intricate masks, a practice that he continues to incorporate into his films.