Nomination Details

Ceremony Year 2019

Nomination Detail

In rural Cambodia, spirited 14-year-old Chakra works the rice fields with his family. He yearns for independence and seeks out a local broker who can get him paid work in a Thai factory. Chakra secretly journeys across the border in order to travel to Bangkok to make his fortune. He and his new friend Kea realise the broker has lied to them and soon both, along with other Cambodians and Burmese, are sold to a fishing captain and are trapped at sea indefinitely, trawling fish 22 hours a day. The captain quickly weeds out those slaves weakened by the conditions or trying to escape and throws them overboard – the trawler sells its catch and restocks its supplies without going to land, making escape impossible. With hope and humanity dwindling, Chakra must make a decision that will change his fate.


The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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