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MSU Department of Geography to Host Screening of Sundance Award-Winning Film A River Changes Course

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Michigan State University Department of Geography to Host Screening of Sundance Award-Winning Film A River Changes Course on November 20, 2014 

“A beautifully lensed and compelling portrait...the film grips with quiet sincerity.”

- LA Weekly

EAST LANSING, MI – OCT. 8,  2014 - Cambodia is in the midst of a massive economic land concessions crisis, resulting in nearly 2.2 million hectares of land being reallocated from farmers and villagers to private firms. Since 2003, over 40,000 Cambodians have been affected by these large-scale land grabs. As companies push in to clear forests for timber and land to grow major industrial agricultural crops like rubber, sugar cane, soy, and cassava, villagers are forced off their farmland.

MSU Department of Geography is hosting a educational screening of the film 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Wells Hall on MSU’s campus. This screening is free and open to the public.

A River Changes Course intimately captures the stories of three families living in Cambodia as they strive to maintain their traditional ways of life amid rapid development and environmental degradation. From Cambodia’s forests to its rivers, from its idyllic rice fields to the capital’s pulsing heart, forces of radical change are transforming the landscape of the country – and the dreams of its people.

Through the CHANGING THE COURSE campaign, we’re connecting our audiences with their Cambodian counterparts and engaging them in a dialogue about globalization, sustainable development and environmental conservation. Together we can empower Cambodians to analyze their current situation, and within their respective communities, determine how to respond to this rapid change.

Visit to join our movement.

“” The opportunity to bring a movie of this caliber to our campus and for our community to meet and interact with the filmmaker is extraordinary because it provides an opportunity to show why Geography is important in everyday lives." –Department of Geography Chair Alan Arbogast

“Today Americans, Cambodians, and people everywhere are connected as citizens of a global village, whose needs and wants are inextricably linked through our daily exchanges of goods, services, and ideas. And while our experiences may be different, our shared stories unite and empower us to pursue greater justice for people everywhere.” – Filmmaker Kalyanee Mam.

Michigan State University Department of Geography is hosting this community event as part of the department's celebration of Geography Awareness Week.

About A River Changes Course: Premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2013, the film explores the damage rapid development has wrought in her native Cambodia on both a human and environmental level. To learn more about the film and opportunities to get involved with the CHANGING THE COURSE campaign, please visit

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