Wages of Life

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Sophoeun left her countryside home at the age of 16 for a factory work in Phnom Penh city to support her parents and 12 siblings. With the country’s cheap labor cost, Cambodia has become a new manufacturing location for internationally recognized clothing brands, but tension started to rise between the workers and the government due to harsh working condition as well as the rising living cost. This resulted in a violent confrontation and Sophoeun’s husband was seriously injured by police gunfire. Sophoeun now faces the dilemma between finding money to save her husband, and seeing her 16 years old sister leaving school for work. Wages of Life examines the cycle that Cambodian workers face in today’s globalized world.

Director Lida Chan
Location Cambodia
Duration 28 min.
Genre Social Issues / Family / Life
Air Date (JST) Mon., May 15, 2017
Mon., Aug. 14, 2017 *rerun

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Lida Chan

Lida Chan


Lida CHAN is a Cambodian film director and producer. After her Master in Journalism in France, she worked as correspondent for Radio France International (RFI). She first approached documentary filmmaking in 2010 at Cambodian Film Commission where she was working with Cambodian-French filmmaker and producer Rithy PANH. A fellow of Sundance Institute and IDFA Academy, her documentaries films reflect upon Cambodia’s history and contemporary society for women concern.


2010 My Yesterday Night / 20 min, film director
2012 Red Wedding / 58 min, film director

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