Chhngai Dach Alai

Further and Further Away
The construction of a dam has flooded their Indigenous village and they find it hard to get settled on the newly allocated farmland. The sister wants to stay, nonetheless, because the souls of her deceased parents are not yet at rest. The brother, on the other hand, is drawn to the big city and a more promising future. Everyone grieves in a different way and some paths are better travelled alone.
by Polen Ly
with Bopha Oul, Phanny Loem
Cambodia 2022 Bunong 24’ Colour


  • Bopha Oul (Sister)
  • Phanny Loem (Brother)


Written and Directed by Polen Ly
Cinematography Polen Ly
Editing Kavich Neang
Colourist Jirayu Jangwattanapong
Sound Vincent Villa
Assistant Director Ouch Lath
Producers Daniel Mattes, Davy Chou, Sophea Kim
Co-Producer Loy Te
Co-Production Kongchak Pictures Phnom Penh

Produced by


Polen Ly

Born in the Cambodian province of Kandal in 1989. In 2012, he broke off studies in medicine to pursue filmmaking. His short films and documentaries focus on environmental and social topics including the life experiences of Indigenous and LGBTI+ people. In 2015, he was selected for a writing residency at the University of Iowa; in 2018, he participated in the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea.

Filmography (short films)

2012 Iva 2014 Duetto 2015 Chamnong Chamroh Poi (Colourful Knots) 2016 Teuk Krahom (Red Ink) 2021 Song Khang (Side by Side) 2022 Chhngai Dach Alai (Further and Further Away)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022