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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

CSEAS Event. Lost Worlds Film Screenings and Discussion with the Director Kalyanee Mam

Kalyanee Mam, Award-winning Director and Filmmaker
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
6:30-9:00 PM
Off Campus Location
HYBRID EVENT: In person at MSU or virtual:

Free and open to the public.

The Mekong Culture WELL Project, MSU Film Studies, James Madison College, and the University of Michigan are pleased to welcome filmmaker Kalyannee Mam for an in-person screening of her two films. Following the screening, Kalyanee will lead a discussion and answer questions from both in-person and virtual attendees.

A River Changes Course
2012. Documentary/Drama. 1h 23m
In this stunningly shot verité portrait captured over a period of two years, award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam travels to her native homeland to capture the stories of three young Cambodians struggling to maintain their traditional way of life while the modern world closes in around them.
Virtual attendees can screen A River Changes Course by visiting
This film is also available for rent or purchase via iTunes and Prime Video.

Lost World
2018. Documentary. 16m
As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman’s relationship to her beloved home are faced with the threat of erasure.
Virtual attendees can screen Lost World by visiting


Introduction & In person film screening - 6:30 PM EST (B119 Wells Hall, MSU) - access to asynchronous screening links will be available

Virtual and in-person discussion with Kalyanee Mam - 8:00 PM

In-person registration:

Virtual Discussion registration:


KALYANEE MAM is an award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, and born storyteller. Kalyanee Mam is committed to combining her passion for art and advocacy to tell compelling and universal stories. Born in Battambang, Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime, she and her family fled to the refugee camps at the Thai-Cambodian border and eventually immigrated to the United States in 1981. For her debut documentary feature A River Changes Course (2013), Mam returned to her native homeland to document the struggles of three families to maintain their traditional way of life as the modern world closes in around them. The film earned several top awards, including the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Gate Award for Best Feature Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The New York Times considered the film, “profound enough to stand on its own”, while the Los Angeles Times described the film as, "A deeply felt portrait of Cambodia...exquisite in its immediacy and agility."
Mam has also worked as cinematographer, associate producer, and researcher on the 2011 Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, about the global financial crisis, and as co-director and co-producer of documentary short, Between Earth & Sky (2010), about three young Iraqi refugee artists living in Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. A graduate of Yale University and UCLA Law School, Mam also served as a legal consultant in Mozambique and Iraq.

Funded in part by a Title VI NRC Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual and In-person event. Wells Hall, MSU
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: center for southeast asian studies, Cseas Lecture Series, Discussion, Film, Southeast Asia, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures