‘Mekong 2030’ Anthology to Focus On Plight Of Mekong River

A new Luang Prabang Film Festival initiative has asked five Southeast Asian directors to focus on the vital river’s future.

Five Southeast Asian directors will present their visions — and fears — for the future of the Mekong river, one of Asia’s most vital waterways, through the anthology Mekong 2030, which is set to tour the world’s festival circuit next year.

“I heard about global warming and climate change and stuff like that, but that was just hearing. Being on the shoot myself, on the river, only then did I realize that it’s actually coming toward us,” said Cambodian filmmaker Kulikar Sotho, part of the project and previously a Special Jury Award winner at Venice for Ruin (2013).

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Mathew Scott