Cambodia's Better World Forum Unveils 2017 Film Lineup

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The humanitarian festival, which provides funds for charities benefitting Cambodian children, will feature 14 French films that "encourage compassion."

The Better World Forum, Cambodia's annual humanitarian film festival, unveiled its 2017 screening lineup Friday, featuring 14 features and documentaries from France.

Held in Phnom Penh, this year's event takes place March 21-23. "The event defends, promotes and supports all creators working on behalf of culture, education, preservation of the environment, and the expansion of compassion worldwide," the organizers said in a statement. 

Each year, the Forum selects one distinguished filmmaking nation to highlight. The 2017 country in focus is France.

"Filmmaking has a measurable impact on society and culture as a whole," said Better World Forum founder Manuel Collas De La Roche. "The goal of the Better World Forum is to build a viable platform which will support a full offering of creative endeavors for those who wish to inspire change.”

Some of the funds raised by the event will go toward charities devoted to the health and education of Cambodian children, as well as Khmer filmmaking initiatives, the organization added.  

The 2017 program is below:

Carole Matthieu (Directed by Louis-Julien Petit / France / Drama/thriller)
Human (Directed by Yann-Arthus Bertrand / France / Documentary)
Femme (Directed by Emmanuel Itier and Sharon Stone / USA / Documentary)
Les pepites (Directed by Xavier de Lauzanne / France / Documentary)
Swagger (Directed by Olivier Babinet / France / Documentary)
L’Odyssee (Directed by Jerome Salle / France / Bio pic)
Dans les forets de Siberie (Directed by Safy Nebbou / France / Adventure)
The Man Who Mends Women (Directed by Thierry Michel /France/ Documentary)
Le Petit Prince (Directed by Mark Osborne / France / Animation)
Jack et la mechanique du Coeur (Directed by Mathias Malzieu / France / Animation)
Talking to the trees (Directed Illaria Borrelli / France / Drama)
Ensemble C’est possible! (Directed by Safy Nebbou / France / Documentary)
La Prenda (Directed by Jean-Cosme Delaloye /France/ Documentary)
Feminitude (Directed by Soula Saad / France / Documentary)