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One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure

2018, 14mins

Synopsis: In 1981, a lonely refugee from Czechoslovakia paints an all-too-appealing picture of

her American life as she writes a letter begging an organisation to send a Cambodian refugee

family so that she can help resettle them in her new 'hometown of dreams': Fargo, North Dakota.


Written and directed by A.M. Lukas

Produced by Lizzie Nastro and Alex Cirillo


This 14 minute film is based on the very true story of my mother Helena, who escaped persecution in communist Czechoslovakia to be resettled not in her bustling 'dream city' of Manhattan, but in the bleak, population- challenged landscape of Fargo, North Dakota. The film is about her need, as a refugee who made it out of her bad situation, to help others in a similar position. Set in 1981 and steeped in the humour and visual quality of childhood memory, the film's subject matter is in fact incredibly timely, even urgent, considering the Trump administration's divisive stance on refugees and immigration. Emily Mortimer plays my mother, and her performance imbues the film with a warmth, charm, and buoyancy I sincerely hope you enjoy. A.M. Lukas


AWARDS

Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film, Edmonton International Film Festival qualifying the film for a 2019 Oscar nomination

Best Screenplay, Rhode Island International Film Festival

Special Jury Prize Best Screenwriting, SCAD Savannah Film Festival


FESTIVALS & ENGAGEMENTS

2019: 

Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Opening night


2018:

 Mill Valley International Film Festival Official Selection

Palm Springs International Shorts Fest Official Selection

London Film Week Official Selection

Port Eliot Literary Festival, Cinematheque, Port Eliot, UK

Hollyshorts Film Festival Official Selection

Crested Butte Film Festival Official Selection

Hawaii International Film Festival Official Selection

Edmonton International Film Festival Official Selection, “Best Short Film”

Rhode Island International Film Festival Official Selection “Best Screenplay”

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Official Selection “Best Screenplay”

London Migration Film Festival Official Selection

St. Louis International Film Festival Official Selection

Pittsburgh Shorts Festival Official Selection


SCREENING INFO

Available to view on Vimeo here

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One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure