BSU’s professor’s documentary will screen at Cannes Film Festival

Boise State University theater professor Phil Atlakson took a sabbatical last year to produce a documentary short in Cambodia with his son, director Garret Atlakson.

Phil Atlakson, who is a screenwriter and playwright and heads the Dramatic Writing Program at Boise State. Garrett earned his master’s degree last year in film directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Phil Atlakson

Phil Atlakson

“Eviction” will screen at the Cannes International Film Festival as part of the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. Cannes runs May 14-25, in France.

“Eviction” chronicles violent land grabs by corporations that are supported by armed Cambodian government forces. The storyline follows the battle between a 72-year-old grandmother and powerful private companies as she struggles to protect her home, family and community from forced evictions.

The film has been winning awards internationally, including Best Short Documentary at the Portland Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the 2013 Poverty Cure International Short Film Festival.

You can watch the film below:

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