“The Final Days” is a documentary movie about forced evictions in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. In 2007, the government of Phnom Penh signed a 99-year lease agreement with a dubious Cambodian company, which is backed by Chinese investors and owned by a Cambodian senator. This lease allowed the company to develop the lake and the surrounding areas – home to over 4000 families – into a modern cityscape.
The company pumped sand into the lake, turning it into construction ground, and bought most of the houses in the area, resettling more than 80 % of the areas population. The company did not offer enough money to buy a house within the city of Phnom Penh. Moving into the remote settlements, which did not provide water, electricity or any infrastructure, however, meant a standard of life that can hardly be considered bearable for the citizens. Therefore, many of the residents did not want to sell their homes to the company and were soon confronted with brutal evictions. In 2011, the government of Phnom Penh started to destroy peoples homes, brutally attacking the residents who tried to stop them. Countless people were injured or arrested, some even got killed or simply disappeared.
Today, livingin Boeung Kak means living a life in fear, facing an uncertain future.
“The Final Days” tells the story of the last remaining citizens of the Lakeside and their lifes, which are bound to change forever – it's a story of home, hope, and the ugly face of beautification.
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