Epiphany Morgan

365 docobites: Phart in Siem Reap, Cambodia

siem reap

Inspiration comes in many forms, but the 365 docobites crew were moved when they met Phart in Siem Reap, Cambodia – a woman who typifies what last week’s International Women’s Day is all about.

 

Siem Reap

 I had to look after everyone

 

Reflecting on last Sunday’s International Women’s Day, and attempting to digest the headlines that had flooded my timelines with stories of inspirational women, I felt my frown-lines deepen as I began to consider what kind of woman I am.

In today’s docobite from Phart in Siem ReapCambodia, we learn about two very different kinds of women.

One is Phart’s mother, a woman who abandoned her five children, to marry another man, eventually creating a whole new family far away from her first.

And then there is Phart, the eldest of her siblings, who at the end of grade five was forced to provide for her entire family. As Phart shared her struggle and consequent triumph with us, it was easy for me to see that she was who I was going to be inspired by most during this time of celebrating women.

She’s proving you don’t have to be an actress, scientist or politician to be a survivor, instead simply inspiring both men and women with daily acts of compassion, determination and perseverance.

 

The Big Smoke is proud to promote the adventures

of the 365 docobites crew

and will feature a “Stranger of the week” every Friday,

so check back each week to see

who you get to meet next!

#goodtimes

 

About 365 docobites

The 365 docobites team, Epiphany and Carl, are travelling across five continents for an entire year to introduce the 365 docobites community to a “stranger a day” via a vlog of short and shorter documentaries.

Each docobite will be as unique as the stranger it features, allowing their identity to drive the content. Whether we’re with a stranger for a moment or a day, 365 docobites will capture the essence of that time in their life, humorous or horrific, dramatic or delightful.

What do these people look like?

What do they think about?

What makes them laugh, cry, scream and shout?

What is life like for the strangers of the world?

 

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Epiphany Morgan

Epiphany Morgan is the director of 365 docobites, an overly-ambitious project that has her travelling the world making 365 documentaries in 365 days sharing stranger’s short and shorter stories. Epiphany is an award-winning film-maker, having won best student director at the 2012 Australian Directors Guild Awards for her work on a documentary about the Kings Cross injecting room. Devoted to the arts as a form of expression, Epiphany sees creativity as a tool and as a source of knowledge, believing there’s a lot to learn from listening to people’s stories.

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