Cambodia’s First Female Drum Troupe to Feature in Documentary

Cambodia’s first all-female drum troupe, who have captured the public’s attention with their highly skilled performances of an art form traditionally reserved for men, are the subject of a forthcoming American film documentary called ‘Where the Roots Lie’.

Katy Harliss and Tori La Desma, two Los Angeles-based women who are jointly directing and producing the film, said they wanted to tell the group’s story, as their artistic performances are impressive and break new ground for women and girls in Cambodia.

“Their message and their power, and their bravery is something that we wanna share,” Harliss told VOA Khmer.

“Their purpose is to empower other women and to show that you don’t have to remain in your place to make ends meet,” added La Desma.

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