Vital Voices: Tep Vanny

A dedicated and energetic young woman, Tep Vanny challenges big land developers along with the Cambodian government to protect her town. But the Cambodian government does not like to be challenged.

A film by Aaron Kisner (Cambodia | 2013 | 3 mins)



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About Aaron Kisner

Aaron Kisner is an independent director and communications consultant based in New York. He works with foundations and not-for-profit organizations to tell the stories of the work they do in a compelling and accessible way. Between 2005 and 2015, he created more than 30 short films in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership, traveling to locations in 36 countries. Aaron is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television’s directing program.

Director's Statement

Anyone who has worked in a developing country in the last decade will have heard a similar story. Developers seize a valuable piece of land, throw the existing community out, and after protests fade away, a new development rises: apartments, a mall, restaurants, and stores for the affluent. The people of Boeung Kak Lake in Cambodia refused to be swept away. Women in visible positions of leadership are helping to change countless preconceptions about women; particularly women in the workplace. As a business leader, Manal Yaish Zraiq is also one of the most credible voices for peace in a highly combustible political environment. She knows that peace is good for business, business is good for peace, and peace is good for everyone. We feel it is important to highlight the voices of women who are leaders of transformational change in their communities.

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