Further And Further Away
2022/ Cambodia / 24 minutes / dir. Polen Ly
A young indigenous Bunong woman and her older brother spend one last day in their rural village in northeastern Cambodia, before an impending move to the capital city in search of a more prosperous life.
Polen Ly paused his studies in medicine to pursue his filmmaking path in 2012. He has directed several shorts and documentaries, which explore social issues related to the environment, human rights, including LGBTI and indigenous experiences.
In 2015, his short film “Colourful Knots” won the first prize at Tropfest SEA in Malaysia, and in the same year, he was selected to join the International Writing Residency at the University of Iowa in the United States.
In 2018, Polen joined the Asian Film Academy in Busan, Korea. His short documentary “Cemetery Of Green Souls” won an Honorable Mention prize at Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Pitch at IDFA in 2019.
In 2021, his documentary short “Side By Side” was selected in the Open Doors section at Locarno.
His newest short fiction “Further And Further Away” received the SEA-Shorts grant from the Singapore International Film Festival.
Ly is now in early production on his first full-length documentary “The Tongue Of Water” which has received funding from IDFA (Netherlands), DMZ Docs (South Korea), and the Sundance Institute (USA).