A video documentary of Cambodia

by John Einar Sandvand on March 4, 2009

Film maker Josh McKague wants to help people with his video camera. Although it might be a little tainted (not much, really) by his politically conservative and Christian views, I found this video touching and well worth watching. He covers pressing issues of poverty in Cambodia today, like child prostitution, as well as giving eye witness accounts from the Khmer Rouge period.

Cambodia Documentary Rough Draft from Whisper Productions on Vimeo.

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Josh McKague March 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Ha thanks for sharing. I’m sorry you think it’s tainted =-) I just don’t trust the Government to do anything. When we do trust them they do things like mass genocide or slavery. It always isn’t in plain view but they do it. For the most part politicians are corrupt and power-hungry. Why then would I trust them?

We the people have to stand up and fight for what is right. We are big kids, we can do it. Check out this Charlie Chaplin video, it really captures what I believe. Charlie Chaplin Video

As for my Christian views.. Why is it wrong for me to share what I believe to be true? I have to be honest. I can’t not tell people that I believe there is a God in heaven who is the creator of the universe, who created all of us. He created us for His glory and we fall short. If we don’t give our lives to him we will spend an eternity in hell.

I believe this not because I have been indoctrinated by the church but because I see this God and this story in all things. I look at the world and the only logical explanation is that there is a God and He is our only hope.

Here is a little cheesy illustration but I believe it shows my point.. If you saw someone on a train track and you believed that a train was coming. You didnt actually see the train but you saw and heard the effects of the train, the whistle, the smoke, the ground rumbling, which made you believe the train was coming. Would it be wrong to say hey you probably should get off the tracks? I believe the opposite is true, it is wrong to not say anything.

Anyways sorry I’m rambling, I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing even if you don’t agree with my beliefs. That really means a whole lot. Thanks!



John Einar Sandvand March 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Hi Josh,

It is of course nothing wrong in you sharing your beliefs. My thinking was that because you put it so clearly in your own blog, I should point it out to my readers as well, also since the organization you profile in the video (Transform Asia) has a Christian mission.
That was all, really. A great video – well produced. I wish I could make videos like that. :)



Josh McKague March 5, 2009 at 12:15 am

Hey John, Thank you so much!! Cambodia is such an incredible place with an unbelievable story, that’s really what makes the video. Thank you so much for sharing. Sorry if I seemed rude, I didnt mean it that way =-)

When did you get back from Cambodia? I leave this saturday to go for 2 weeks. I can’t wait!


John Einar Sandvand March 5, 2009 at 5:29 am

I just came back from Cambodia this Monday after a three week trip – and now I have started the process of writing my book. Will be back sometime around the summer, I think.

Have a nice trip to a fantastic country!


Rebecca Lake September 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Wow Josh. Amazing footage. I've recently just returned from living in Siem Reap. For the past 6 months I've been establishing an NGO over in Cambodia (www.ksedo.org). Being a journalist naturally my next project is a documentary in Cambodia. I'm currently organising funding at the moment. The material you used in your film is uncanny to what I invisage for mine especial the Sigur Ros song Hoppipolla.


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