Charlotte Pert



T H I S  M O D E R N  L O V E

Changing indigenous customs in Cambodias indigenous minority groups through technology ---  filmed on an iPhone

FILMED ON A iPHONE This Modern Love, is a short documentary following a young indigenous Kreung couple living between different rural Cambodian villages; how that found love, continue to date, and communicate by phone- showing how indigenous traditions and customs such as Kreung “Love Huts” have now become redundant due to technology. Bride and Groom huts- also known as “love huts” have been an indigenous Kreung custom, where young girls and boys approaching adolescence, were given their own huts outside the family home, where they could live independently, court the opposite sex to find the correct life partner, as well as experiment with premarital sex. With villages being so scarce, and bad road conditions, making traveling time between villages long and tiring, it would be common for visitors courting from other villages to stay for the night. Now this tradition which was once a key part of Kreung culture no longer exists. These huts have not been used for the past 10-15-years, being made redundant within indigenous society, due to technology and better road conditions. As they are increasingly more exposed to Khmer culture, their traditional practices are being altered and viewed as “ taboo” in contrast to khmer society. From their growing exposure to mainstream khmer culture, the youth are developing a new perception of what's "right and wrong". Dating has become easier with the use of mobile technology, making it quicker and easier to communicate with potential love interests, and no need for young people to stay overnight in personal huts, as they may have previously done before. For young indigenous people, mobile technology plays a key role in dating, and keeping youth connected between villages. Many young couples meet by phone first, speaking for lengthy periods of time before meeting in person, or meeting briefly and continue their courtship by phone. This Modern Love, follows a young indigenous couple between their rural villages, showing their separate lives apart, and how they stay connected through the use of mobile technology.

B  R  E  A  T  H  E

B R E A T H E is a  teaser / short film about the search for the perfect Freedive, on location at the abandoned Hodge Close Quarry, in the cold North of England...Free diver James Garry, and myself, decided to explore un-dived sites, in the peak of winter.  The trip made me reflect on our connection to water, and the personal need to escape to it. B R E A T H E is a personal account and perspective of a divers view and experience, where most of your dive time is spent on the surface; breathing...   The water was so cold, "B R E A T H E" was the only coherent thing I could say during the dive...




Teaser of a three-part short series, produced for the Phnom Penh Post, exploring the US War Legacy in Cambodia. Looking into the ongoing effects still suffered in Cambodia today... From birth defects related to Agent Orange, lands and limbs destroyed from US bombs, or families torn apart from the deportation of Cambodian Americans who have never set foot on Cambodian soil... When Will It End?

Produced / Filmed / Edited: Charlotte Pert


for the Phnom Penh Post

Behind the Scenes of  Bird Monster Battle.

As the Lakhon Khol Youth of Cambodia dance group practice at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUFA), general manager Khon “Mo” Chansithyka,, tells the story of Satalong — or Bird Monster Battle — a mythical battle from the Hindu epic the Ramayana.


Produced / Filmed / Edited: Charlotte Pert






Filmed / Edited: Charlotte Pert