Until 2008 there was virtually no development on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia. The Khmer fishing families of Koh Tui Village, population 400, were the only inhabitants of the island's port-of-entry beach. Today more than 500 foreign travelers and resident share that same stretch of land.
We're working on a long-term project that explores what development means in the developing world. Villagers today make nearly 1,000 times what they did in 2008, environmental awareness is increasing, and Koh Rong natives have more opportunity than ever before. Yet development also invariably promotes a loss of tradition, an influx of irresponsible travelers, and the westernization of culture.
Less Than Far Films produced this promo video for Friends of Koh Rong, a non-profit on the island that fosters education and community development, in 2014.