Dramatic dramas have always been a part of my life, but I never thought I would get to play a role that involved such a dark topic as Cambodian sexual slavery.
It was a shock when I was cast as the role of Phoebe on Cambodian drama Khmer Dram, the story of a young girl who, in a bid to free herself from the clutches of her captors, escapes and escapes her captor’s clutches and eventually becomes a prostitute.
“I never thought that my role would become so emotional, that it would become such a tragic one,” said Khmer Drama’s lead actress, Nalini.
“This role has such an emotional quality and it’s very emotional.”
I think my role has been so emotional because I’ve never seen such an intense character in my life and I have a great empathy for the person I am portraying.
As a child, I watched all the television shows and movies that had Cambodian girls in captivity.
“We used to talk about all the dramas we liked and all the movies we liked in Cambodia,” said Nalinis mother.
“But none of them touched the real stories of these Cambodian women, who were sold into slavery.
So we decided to make a movie about the women who were still there.”
Nalinas mother said the main theme of the film was “the impact of slavery on Cambodians”.
“It was a difficult decision for us to make as a family because it’s not easy for us as a society to think about our family members being in slavery.
But we decided we needed to do something about it and to make this movie,” she said.
“Our story is a story of love, courage and redemption.
It’s a story about the struggle to free yourself from the chains of slavery and to become a free woman.”
When you have such a beautiful character, the only thing you need to do is to make her a beautiful person.
And I think this is exactly what we did.
“Khmer Drama has been producing drama in Cambodia for more than five years now, but it has never felt more exciting to be a part on the show than when we were on set,” said director and writer Kim Khait.
“For me, I’m thrilled to be working with a director like Khmer Dynasty, who is also a director of television.
This is a big step forward in our production process and we’re looking forward to bringing the story to the screen.”
As a producer, Nala is responsible for the production of all the drama in Khmer and beyond, which is a huge accomplishment considering the amount of work that goes into it.
“As an actress, you don’t always get to write the scenes and do the directing, but as a director, you have to do all the directing and writing and editing.
And to be able to bring a film like this to the screens with so many actors and directors in the cast and crew and crew with so much passion and love, I couldn’t be more excited to be the producer of the drama.”
So how did you become interested in Cambodian dramas?
“The first thing I heard about Cambodian entertainment was through the news.
When I was a kid, my family used to watch the Khmer TV dramas, and when I got older, my mother would watch them too,” said Kim.
“It’s an extremely exciting and diverse culture, but we didn’t know that it was also the story behind the films.
It wasn’t until we started working on the film that I realized how important it was to tell the stories of Cambodia and the Cambodians.”
As an actress and writer, I had to be creative to bring the Cambodian culture to the big screen.
“The only way I could be creative was to write, and to find the best scripts and to write for the Cambodis and the Khmers,” she explained.
“When we were writing the script, I started thinking about what we could do in Cambodia to make the story more emotional.
I wanted to make sure that the Cambodia’s Cambodian and Cambodian American community is included in the story.”
Nala’s husband, actor Peter Kim, who plays Phoebel, was in Cambodia when she was cast.
He said he had never worked in Cambodia before, but was impressed by the amount that the country has come to be known for.
“What I’ve experienced here is so different from where I grew up.
In the beginning of my acting career, I always felt that I would be able get the best script in Cambodia and then I would come back to America and work with the people who are doing the Cambodiacas Cambodian stories and then they would give me a script to write about