Fiche Film
COURT Métrage | 2013
One dollar
Pays concerné : Cambodge
Support : HD
Durée : 7 minutes
Genre : portrait
Type : Web-documentaire


ONE DOLLAR est un webdocumentaire participatif international ayant pour point de départ un pays en voie de développement, le Cambodge. À travers le monde, par l’intermédiaire de portraits-vidéos compris entre 5 et 7 minutes, des réalisateurs émergents et de jeunes journalistes multimédia sont invités à donner la parole aux hommes et aux femmes qui vivent en dessous du seuil de pauvreté au sein de leur communauté, ville ou village. A partir des destins croisés d’une poignée de Cambodgiens, ONE DOLLAR se pose en observateur de ceux qui font la petite économie de leur pays. Alors que la crise économique mondiale continue d’engendrer des déficits de plusieurs milliards de dollars, ce webdocumentaire propose de revenir, avec beaucoup de réalisme à la valeur d’un simple billet vert et nous interroge sur la relation entre l’argent et le travail.

Réalisateurs : Lida Chan, Roeun Mareth et Ngoeum Phally (Cambodge),…

Webdocumentaire et série documentaire – 7 x 7′

Production : Bophana (Cambodge)

avec le concours du Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud (OIF / CIRTEF)

One Dollar est un projet développé au Cambodge par le Centre de Ressources Audiovisuelles Bophana. Si vous souhaitez soutenir le projet, merci de nous contacter.


What is it like to live below the poverty line in your community?

Our collaborative multimedia project connects emerging filmmakers around the world under a common goal to share unique accounts of individuals living with limited resources.
We will collect these short, five to seven minute videos-produced on a local, grassroots level-and publish them here, for the world to see. The mosaic of portraits will help us learn about transversal issues that affect poor communities as we begin an online dialogue where we can define areas of need and be inspired to action.

One Dollar is a project developed in Cambodia by the Bophana Audiovisual Resources Center. If you want to support the project, please contact us.

One Dollar is a participatory web documentary taking root in Cambodia. We invite emerging directors and multimedia journalists to give a voice to individuals living below the poverty line in their community, town, or village by submitting five to seven minute video portraits.

We hope to cultivate the unique potential of a young generation passionate about new media and audiovisual creation to facilitate a global dialogue about economic injustice. These videos will be published on our website, allowing viewers to access snapshots of life from around the world. Together, we will analyze our society from the bottom of the social hierarchy and utilize participatory media to create awareness and hopefully provide a catalyst for social change.

Episode 16: The Destiny
By Leakhena Roeun
Sokhom, a 55-year-old woman, lives in the White Building. She has been a fortuneteller for 30 years since she moved from Site 2 Refugee Camp, but her living situation isn’t getting any better. Sokhom earns barely enough a day to support her grandsons and daughter. She needs to do laundry to supplement her income and pay back her debts. As a fortuneteller she foresees other people’s life stories, but cannot predict her own future. A Chinese medium had predicted a long time ago that she would become a fortuneteller but would not be rich. She did not want to believe it at first but now, to her, being a fortuneteller is set to be her destiny.

Episode 15: Home Cemetery
By Phally Ngoeum
Sarann, a 54-year-old mother, lives in a cemetery with her son and her cousin, since they had been forced to leave their land and house without compensation along with 59 other families. After the expulsion, her husband had fallen into depression, then become ill, and finally died leaving her and their sick son alone. Collecting and selling garbage for 50 cents or less per day, she can barely earn enough to survive. In order to buy medicine for her son, she also cleans the tombs of other families and washes the dishes at the pagoda from which she can bring some food for her son. She says: « There is no way out. »

Episode 14: Choices in Life
By Phally Ngoeum
Yem Thol, a 56-year-old woman, lives in the White Building in Phnom Penh after surviving the Khmer Rouge regime. She makes a living by embroidering Khmer traditional costumes with her daughter, Chandin, earning meager money.

Episode 13: Sweet Cake
By You Y Ly
Phal Srey is living with her children in a temple in Phnom Penh. Her husband, who is working in the province, hardly sends her money. Since she could not study when she was young, her commitment is to send her children to school every day. In order to make it possible, she has been selling cakes on the street for 20 years. She works all day long and earns barely enough to buy some food and pay the water and electricity bills. When she cannot sell out all her cakes, she gives them to the neighbors for free.

Episode 12: The Grass Cutter
By Phanith Chhum
Sho, a 45-year-old father originally from Prey Veng province, lives today with one of his sons alongside the old railway in Phnom Penh. They make a living cutting grass. Selling 10 to 20 bundles per day, they earn hardly 2 to 4 dollars. Sho, who has left his wife and another son in Prey Veng, cannot afford to send his children to school. He observes: « We are living eating things that rich people would throw away ».

Episode 11: Shoes
By Doeurn Chev
Sophea, a 13-year-old-boy, lives with his family in the White Building in Phnom Penh. His father repairs shoes and his sister sells eggs, both on the street, to make a living. With the couple of dollars that his family earns daily, the father cannot even afford breakfast – let alone his son’s education. Without money, Sophea cannot go to school, although he wears his school uniform every day. In order to get the money, Sophea plays the « shoes game » with the neighbors’ children.

Episode 10: 3 Days More
Par Chanrado Sok
Yey Lon, a 58-year-old widow, lives in a tiny mezzanine room with her son in Phnom Penh. As her son does not work, she struggles to make a living for the two of them. She spends her days doing the laundry and « coining » in different parts of the city but despite her hard work, she earns less than two dollars per day on average. As the price of the rent is increasing, she is threatened with eviction by the landlord. She also has to buy expensive medicine for her son. She is getting older, her strength is failing and she is afraid of being unable to pay the rent and the other daily expenses anymore.

Episode 9: Woman and Red Ants
Par Doeurn Chev
Souem Mao, a 57-year-old mother, now lives alone at Krung Tnorng, in Takeo province. She has been working there for more than 28 years, but as price of life has risen, she has to work harder and harder to survive. She spends her days collecting red ants in the trees to sell them to the villagers or to exchange them for rice. Earning less than one dollar per day, she also washes dish and plants rice in order to cover her daily expenses. She wishes she had enough money to join her children in Thailand. Despite harshness of life, she keeps hope thanks to pictures of her family and the presence of her neighbours.

Episode 8: No Frogs, No Rice
By Socheat Cheng
Touch Sokea, a 34-year-old divorced mother of two children, is from Kompong Speu province. Without any financial support from her ex-husband who was violent, left her and remarried, Sokea catches frogs and crabs in the rice field for a living. By exchanging frog meat for rice from villagers or selling them cheap, she can barely feed her children. Sokea works hard and spends the little money she earns very carefully, because she has a dream: to give her 13 year-old daughter a higher education. She does not want her children to be uneducated and live in poverty like herself. Even if she earns only less than one dollar a day, she still feels happy to be able to live with her two children, and never loses the hope that they represent for her.

Episode 7: Fighting for Life
By Chanrado Sok
Da, a 25 year-old man, left his home village in Svay Rieng and moved to Phnom Penh when he was 16. His passion is boxing. He started to learn this art of fighting in a club located in the Old Stadium. One year later, he fought his first match but without fear. After numerous fights on the ring, he finally became a professional boxer, but his salary is too meagre to feed his aunt in his hometown. He needs to sell sugercane juice on the street for a living.

Episode 6: Day by Day
By Leakhena Roeun
Vichet, 38 year-old father of four children, has been struggling to make a living since he was very young: born in Kompong Cham, He moved to Pailin 10 years ago to find a better life and a job, but life is not easy though. Seeking everyday a temporary job on cassava farms, he can hardly feed his family and send his children to school. No matter how hard he works, it is impossible for him to own either land or house. With hope in his children, he toils day by day…

Episode 5: Guide Boy
By Phally Ngoeum
Chre, 12 year-old boy, is a tour guide. Living on a small mountain known of its fairy tale and Khmer Rouge history, he guides local tourists and earns little money to live. After his mother’s death when he was 2 years old and his sister’s migration to Thailand, he is the sole person to take care of his sick father. Without formal education, Chre knows that his capacity as tour guide is limited. Despite all difficulties, he never gives up dreaming to go to school like other kids, and to become more professional tour guide with better knowledge.

Episode 4: The Hunter
By Socheata Van
In a small village of Battambang province. Savath, 33, married and father of three children, leaves his house at 3 am every day to hunt rats. We are witness to his daily life, his challenges and his dream…

Episode 3: Lady Stone
At the feet of giant mountains in Southern Cambodia, in the white dust and under a leaden sky, Nuon does her best to reduce rocks into pebbles and sell them for thirthy-five cents a sack. She used to own land but malaria carried everything away: her money, her rice field and her husband. She plans to seek employment in the capital, Phnom Penh, either working in construction or washing dishes. She would do anything to regain hope.

Episode 2: Bamboo Cutter
by Roeun Narith
Decades of war in Cambodia that lasted until the end of the 1990’s have left a lasting impact, including forests infested with explosive devices. In spite of international aid, the country has not completed their demining programs, leaving many families exposed to dangerous land mines. One of these families is Thai and his wife Ny. The couple lives in the northwest province of Banteay Meanchey, where they make a living by cutting and selling bamboo gathered from the worst land-mine zone in the country.
Before going to work, Ny says a prayer to the spirits asking for protection from accidents for her family. At the end of a muddy path, the sounds of machetes rings out as men shout and tear away long strips of bamboo. They don’t even glance at the red signs warning of the danger of mines. They already know. The options open to these brave men and women are dismal, and so, for scarcely a day, they continue to cut bamboo, knowing that death perhaps awaits them with their next step.

Episode 1: Minister of Papaya
by Roeun Narith
Mao Bora lives and works in Phnom Penh, where he is a papaya seller. Despite his diplomas his nephew, Seng, is having trouble finding a job in the provinces. Like many others, Seng has come to try his luck in the capital. Bora proposes that Seng come along with him to help him out. In return, he shares his experience and gives advice to his nephew. This encounter has given them the chance to think about their respective career paths as they try to find solutions to their current problems.
Far from being a clichéd account of misery and misfortune, « The Minister of the Papaya » is first and foremost the story of a man full of energy and entrepreneurial drive. With his sharp sense of humor and his colorful motorbike, Bora shows that his enthusiasm and his creativity are the motivation for his optimism in daily life.

One Dollar is a project developed in Cambodia by the Bophana Audiovisual Resources Center. If you want to support the project, please contact us.

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