A young Cambodian islander, Phalla Vy, has dedicated herself to monitoring and speaking out against the sand dredging. Kalyanee Mam’s exquisite short documentary, Lost World, co-produced by Emergence Magazine and Go Project Films, evokes the pain of losing one’s land—and way of life—through Vy’s eyes.

Lost World juxtaposes imagery of Cambodia’s vast mangrove forests with footage of sand being deposited in Singapore. At the end of the film, Vy visits Singapore for the first time, where she observes citizens enjoying a brand-new theme park that was built on the land of her people. Throughout the film, her deep indignation is palpable.

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