Australian Movie on Bonded Labor in Thai Fishing Sector Receives Acclaim

Australian movie “Buoyancy” that follows the life of a Cambodian boy being trafficked into working on a Thai fishing trawler – mirroring real life stories – has won the Best Youth Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane.

The feature-length movie, directed by Australian director Rodd Rathjen, follows the story of a 14-year-old Cambodian, Chakra, who travels to Thailand to find work. But, he instead gets tricked by a broker into working 22-hour days on a fishing trawler, often witnessing torture and murder.

The script is inspired by true stories documented by the filmmaker, who conducted interviews and research with victims of trafficking, relevant NGOs, used secondary documents and even talked to former trawler captains.

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