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The Storm Makers

A Feature film by Guillaume Suon

Produced by Tipasa Production

Production year : 2014


    This documentary exposes Cambodia’s prevalent human trafficking system, a large network in which huge numbers of young Cambodian women are sold as slaves to various countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand. “Storm makers” refers to the system and the people that evoke tears in its victims, predominantly poor and uneducated young women and their parents. The film focuses on three people in different positions to reveal the workings and effects of human trafficking. Aya, who was exploited for two years in Malaysia and became pregnant after being raped, Ming Dy, who sold his daughter and Pou Houy, a professional dealer who has recruited and sold over 500 women. After throwing the women into hell, Pou Houy goes to church and hopes to attain salvation, his hypocrisy inciting our fury. Aya’s confession that she abuses her baby because the baby reminds her of her trauma is painful to hear. The composed camera seems to request not immediate rage or sympathy, but rationality that will grasp the details of trafficking and help stop the “storm makers.”



    The Storm Makers

    Excerpt Eng Subs

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Tipasa Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Cat & Docs

    Foreign production company :

    Bophana Production

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Julien Roumy

    Foreign Producer :

    Rithy Panh

    Music Composer :

    Marc Marder

    Screenwriter :

    Guillaume Suon

    Director of Photography :

    Guillaume Suon

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Cambodia

    Original French-language productions :


    Production year :


    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 6 min

    Current status :

    Approval :

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    Festival Selections

    BIFF - 2014

    BIFF (South Korea, 2014)


    Wide Angle