Cambodia: Girls From Cambodia
The summer of 2006 saw Outer Voices return to Cambodia in an attempt to offer support to the embattled Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center, with the help of the Urgent Action Fund. For several years, convicted pedophile, New Zealander Graham Cleghorn tried to appeal his court case in Phnom Penh. With media reports being driven by his friends and family about his innocence and the fraudulent stories about the CWCC, there was great danger of his release should his appeal be successful. Our goal was to get the facts straight and publish them widely, to support CWCC in the face of ongoing attacks by the pedophile community.
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"Disturbing, Engaging, Sound Rich... This is an outstanding documentary. I recommend finding a slot to broadcast it. It is sound rich and compelling. There is a good narrative throughout the hour. The producers did a great job of letting the girls tell the story.
The writing and ambient tape gives a good sense of place. It provides continuity and sets scenes, but lets the tape tell the story.
The stories are disturbing, but important to hear. This is great public radio."
"This is disturbing. little girl voices talking about being sold into brothels with the same tone as if describing chores. It grows bone chilling with each account...the indigestible blurring of prostitution and pedofilia . There is history told, revealing the now seemingly bottomless shelters, ever full of young women and girls seeking respite from a dispicable life. The shelter and crisis organizations have had to become a driving force within the social structure and conscience of an entire country; it's almost like a political movement or conservationist in any other country.
More testimony, perhaps quiet celebration too, of the burning strength and inimitable stamina often required for female survival and their redemption. Produced thoughtfully with unobtrusive narrator and music - generally this is a radio experience that leaves your mouth agape."
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Major underwriting for Girls From Cambodia from The Ford Foundation. Thanks to the Pohaku Fund for generous support for production costs in Cambodia. Thanks also to Thai Airways for support and underwriting.