#19 Cambodia – The Female Bomb Disposal Teams of Cambodia

And with one final push the MA is over!! Here is the culmination of all of my work over the year. 3 weeks of filming in Cambodia, 3 weeks of editing in Cornwall and a fair amount of emotion went into this, so I hope you enjoy.

I am now also editing a 3 minute version of the documentary for One World Media, so if there are any sections you feel would definitely be good to use in this please let me know 🙂

Special thnaks go to Cambodian Mine Action Centre and Cambodian Self Hep Demining for letting me film with them and being so accomodating whilst I was out in Cambodia.

One World Media

So my face and my documentary idea are finally up on the One World Media website, and I must admit I was very excited to see them! There are 18 students being funded on the page, which is supported by CBA, channel 4 and See Africa Differently. And the titles range from ‘Motorbike Midwife’ to ‘Being Black in a country without blackness’ for more information check it out for yourself!

My breif documentary summary looks like this:

Female Bomb Disposal Teams Of Cambodia (TV/online) In the predominately male-dominated job of landmine clearance, women are often overlooked. This film will follow an all-female landmine clearance team in Cambodia.

And having given them the option of which photo to put up, they went with ‘nice’ over ‘action’ shot.

One World Media Funding

So it was a stressful process, many a late night… but I have just found out that I have been successful with the One World Media student funding!!

I am SO excited!!

My Title: Female Bomb Disposal Teams Of Cambodia

The funding body, YourWorldView is looking for a 3 minute trailer of my overall 20 minute university documentary. This will go up on their website and hopefully showcase the work of female landmine clearance workers in Cambodia.

I will be starting up a new blog to focus on my progress with this documentary and the filming I do out in Cambodia, so watch this space…

Now my question is which photo to send in for the website?!

One World Media – LANDMINES

So I’ve been through quite a few ideas for my final project. My coursemates can vouch for the fact that I’m indecisive and plan before I can think. But I have finally come to a decision and I am so excited to go and film it….

  • Initial idea= The Falklands – cost of flights too expensive (£2500) and general theme of the film would have been too political and that is not my key area of interest.
  • Second idea= APOPO /landmines – giant sniffer rats used to detect landmines in Mozambique, but they did not have the time or resources to accomodate me.
  • Third idea= female landmine clearance teams in Mozambique – I was told by several good sources including Stuart Hughes of the BBC that I should have a really strong peg/ reason for choosing to focus on Mozambique… for example: the worst affected by landmines/ the highest mortality rate/ the newest laid landmines. I could not find any of these for Mozambique, so….
  • FINAL IDEA= The Female Bomb Disposal Teams of Cambodia – Cambodia is one of the countries most badly affected by landmines in the world. I aim to follow around one of MAG‘s all-female landmine clearance teams, exploring their roles and how they have been affected by landmines. I will also talk to several charities (contacts already established) including Veterans International Cambodia and Cambodian Handicraft Association (CHA) who work closely with victims of landmines.

I have sent this documentary proposal off to the One World Media student funding awards and await their decision at the end of April… fingers crossed!!