Three Wheels is a 20 minute-long short film that won multiple awards in the international film festival circuit during 2015-16. Directed by Cambodian filmmaker Kavich Neang and set against the backdrop of the Khmer Rouge—a despotic regime that tore apart the social and political fabric of Cambodia during the late 1970s—the film focuses on the lives of an old couple who were forcefully married during those years. The pain of losing one’s vibrant youth to a despot’s whims is reflected throughout the film. Neang speaks to Abhik Bhattaharya about his experience of making the film. Edited excerpts.
Why did you choose to make a film that focuses on forced marriages?