Cambodia International Film Festival

The Rubber Tappers

The rubber tappers poster

The Rubber Tappers

By Rotha Moeng

Cambodia/2023/20 min

Story

A young hero is called Khlek and belongs to the Kroeung ethnic group. The short film evokes the animism still alive in this region, the spirit of the trees and a lost yet living forest, replaced by a rubber plantation. The camera shows the works of the rubber tappers, who with their knives make the latex flow. Two Native American words “cao” wood) and “tchu” weeping), the weeping tree.