We spent thursday working out the kinks in our production schedule, workflow, and my (John) trip to Phnom Penh the following week. I have exhausted most of the town’s WIFI spots at this point because I am there so often so it is nice to have Jon and Jose help with the blog now. Friday was an early start at the current Land Mine Museum. We started with interviewing Seng and recording her singing one of her favorite Cambodian songs. Seng lost her leg while fetching food for her mother in a nearby village. Despite her loss, cooking and singing remains one of her favorite activities. Later we interviewed Chet, an orphan from Phnom Penh who scavenged the streets before Aki Ra brought him to the museum in Siem Reap. Hak, our production assistant/aspiring filmmaker did the translating for the interview which ended with a demonstration of Chet putting on his prosthetic limb.
While Jon and Jose were picking up lunch, I stayed with local kids from across the street who were fascinated by Chet’s keyboard.
After lunch, we hopped into Aki Ra’s jeep and drove to the new land mine museum to check in on the construction and tour the progress with Aki Ra.
Stopped back at the current land mine museum for the third time that day and filmed some intros with the kids and some shots of them playing volleyball.
While Rich was reading the final chapter of Aki Ra’s book, Aki Ra received a phone call from the general of the Cambodian Royal Air Force. Aki Ra asked him if we could come along and we all went out to dinner and are working on setting up a later interview.
While I was working on a workflow system and finalizing the schedule, Jon and Jose went to Bel’s Village. They drove three hours from Siem Reap and spent the day with Bel’s family and friends.
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