In July, 2015, 18 students from Harvard Westlake High School set off for the trip of a lifetime. Armed with a video camera and open mind, they traveled to Cambodia to immerse themselves in the country’s tragic, but rich history. Their mission? Find and share stories the world needs to hear. After all, the trip was a Digital Storytelling Adventure and Cambodia is brimming with compelling stories in need of telling. And who better to tell them than our fearless filmmakers!
These teen-produced documentaries resulted from a Digital Storytelling Adventure to Cambodia, a program of Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California and Peace Works Travel, and led by artist/educator Cheri Gaulke, Emmy Award-winning journalist/producer Jeff MacIntyre (Content Media Group), and history teacher Alethea Paradis. For more info about this and other trips, go to peaceworkstravel.com.
A teenage girl compares her life to the that of young girls in Cambodia who are at risk for sex trafficking.
Daughters of Cambodia. A film by Maya Hinkin, Nicole Kim, Tarin North and William Park. 4:46
What is the role of storytelling in both destroying and healing a nation? A teen filmmaker travels to Cambodia to find out.
Once Upon a Time in Cambodia. A film by Katie Speare 4:04
Two American teens, children of immigrants, travel to Cambodia to explore the impact of the 1975 genocide on today’s children.
A Hope for the Future. A film by Eun Seo (Elly) Choi and Maddy Daum. 3:42
Every day in Cambodia, people are harmed by unexploded landmines left 40 years ago by US military action. Two teens travel to Cambodia to interview survivors, activists and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Growing the Rose. A film by Milo Hensley and Sam McCabe. 5:36
A young man returns to Cambodia to meet the people who saved his mother’s life during the 1975 genocide.
Angels and Demons. A film by William Chow. 7:32
A teen suffering from panic attacks finds comfort in music. When she travels to Cambodia to learn about the 1975 genocide, she finds others whose relationship to music is equally powerful.
Music Saved My Life. A film by Teresa Suh and Cole Kawana. 4:54
A look at dehumanization through the eyes of a black teen and the history of genocides.
Us & Them. A film by Trey Carlisle, Cole Kawana, Sebastian Ko and Jordan Seibel. 5:18
During the 1975 genocide, traditional arts in Cambodia were almost wiped out. This is the story of one brave man, Arn Chorn Pond, who returned to Cambodia to bring back the arts.
Cambodia Living Arts. A film by Henry DiNapoli. 3:44
In this compelling video memoir, scenes of daily life in contemporary Cambodia are juxtaposed with the words of Arn Chorn Pond, a survivor of the 1975 genocide.
Never Fall Down. A film by Lauren Rothman. 5:09
Poverty still plagues Cambodia forty years after the genocide. Two teens travel to Cambodia and interview young people who, through education, are rebuilding their lives and their country.
Cambodia: The Next Generation. A film by Emilia Holt and Marina Weidmann. 3:43