What happens after eviction? Shot over three years, OXLAEY Media presents EVICTED. This documentary film follows four people as they’ve being kicked out. Mr. Ong doesn’t think he can quit working, although he’s 91-years old. Vaishu, a transgender sex worker, can’t find a new place to live and then gets arrested by the police. Mr. Teh, who managed a hotel, is reduced to bussing tables at a relative’s restaurant. After the lease for her small business is canceled, Mrs. Lian stays awake at night worrying about what to do with a disabled employee. In a style evoking Frederick Wiseman, director Ryan Anders has captured in EVICTED a sobering but surprising look at how an eviction can forever change the direction of people’s lives.
After Veasna sold his restaurant in Phnom Penh, he decided to become a YouTube chef. His online videos show in Khmer and English how to cook frogs, spiders and other bugs – as well as more typical Cambodian dishes such as Khmer fish in banana leaves. “Spider tastes a little like peanuts,” says Veasna in an interview.
“I was born in Kampong Cham Provence in a small town,’ says Veasna. “I learned cooking with my mom every day when I was five years old.”
Now Veasna cooks Cambodian food online and gives private classes.
“First we go to market, to buy everything. Then we come back home and clean the fish, meat and vegetables. When my guests taste my food and feel happy, I also feel happy.”
More from Veasna at Veasna in the Kitchen