Sean Gallagher

Winning Moving Image

Using a unique mix of drone cinematography and Cambodian poetry, Sean Gallagher’s film explores the changes in Cambodia’s landscapes, brought about by deforestation and forest fires, and the emotional impact these changes have had on Cambodian people.

Deforestation has been accelerating across Cambodia and it is estimated up to a quarter of the country’s forests were lost in the past 20 years. The main drivers behind deforestation in Cambodia are conversion of forest lands for agricultural use and targeted logging of valuable species, such as Rosewood, for the Asian furniture markets.

Each year, fires burn in record numbers throughout the forests of north and central Cambodia. At their peak during the dry season between January and March, it is estimated thousands burn throughout the country, more than in any other country throughout South East Asia.

This film was supported by the Pulitzer Cente.

Cambodia Burning