Lives under the red light

TitleLives under the red light
DirectorHem Vanna
Year of ProductionCambodia
VDP Selection YearPlural Co-existence-2013
Screen Time13min
SubtitlesEnglish/ Japanese
TagsLGBT, Sex Worker, Phnom Penh, Rape, Violence


Under the red light focuses on the lives of four persons who work as sex workers in Phnom Penh. Most of them were kicked out from their families and came to live in Phnom Penh and ended up working in the sex industry. This film sensitively deals with the daily discrimination they face. Sex work places them at risk to gang rape, sex violence, drugs and arrests by police. This documentary offers a window onto the lives of these sex workers in modern day Cambodian society.