My name is Vanna Hem and I’m a Cambodian filmmaker, born in 1984. I started working in the media and film industry in 2008 when I had a job with a local NGO called Support Children and Young People (SCY). I worked there for three years and my job was to train young reporters in how to produce film documentaries.
At SCY I had a good opportunity to work with 30 local young reporters each year, assisting them in making films on social issues, especially children and young people. All the films which I helped to produce were screened on a popular local channel called the Youth Today Program.
Lesbian Soccer Team, Documentary LOTUS SPORTS CLUB
Above you see the Teaser of Lotus Sports Club (formally known as Iron Legs).
We know LGBT activist Srorn Srun in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an enthusiastic young man who is full of ideas. He would really like to portray for Cambodia – and for Southeast Asia as a whole – a women’s soccer team consisting almost only of lesbians and female-to-male transgenders. The team will be competing in the regular Cambodian women’s competition. This is quite unique in Southeast Asia and is thus a positive story to tell. Documentary is very suitable medium for this story.
Vanna Hem is a documentary maker who produced two documentaries with our support. He comes from the same home town as where the soccer team is located. After building up a good relationship and gaining trust, he was allowed to film the team for a period of a year. He did film the girls training and being on the road for their next game, combined with interviews with the players, opponents and spectators. But also the coach, a lesbian women who did servive the Khmer Rouge period, tells her intense life story. This documentary will promote sports among LGBTs and LGBT sports teams.
During the filming period the title Iron Legs came up. The documentary first cut is shown in Amsterdam on June 17, 2017. Since then we kept on filming for another year and many more developments are recorded. We decided to go for a full length documentary (90 minutes), with a new story line and with the involvement of a second produceer and professional editors. We also decided, by request by the team, to change the title into Lotus Sports Club.
“This will be a fun and positive story to tell about Cambodian (LGBT) youth. It can reach a big audience by social media. This film would also advocate LGBT sport and LGBT sports organisations.” – Robert Witlox, coordinator of Document Our History Now
We need about EUR 10,000 to finish this project. We are still looking for extra donations You can donate here. Thanks!
You can donate specific for this project. Please be sure to add ‘Lotus Sports Club, Cambodia’ with your bank transfer.
(Please note: If we cannot raise enough funding for this idea or if this idea does not make it to production for some other reason, we will be entitled to use your donation for another production.)