Special event opening film


Directed by Jake Wachtel
Cambodia, USA 2021
Runtime 101'

In near-future Phnom Penh, a teenage boy teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighborhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams. What begins as a hunt for a Buddhist treasure soon leads to greater discoveries that will either end in digital enlightenment or a total loss of identity.

Directed by
Jake Wachtel

Jake Wachtel, Christopher Seán Larsen

Robert Leitzell

Harrison Atkins, Stephanie Kaznocha

Ariel Marx

Vincent Villa

Art Direction
Olga Miasnikova

Olga Miasnikova, Evren Catlin

Visual Effects Supervisor
Blaise & Kyle Hossain

Srey Leak Chhith, Leng Heng Prak, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Cindy Sirinya Bishop, Rous Mony, Sveng Socheata

Valerie Steinberg (Valerie Steinberg Productions)

Sok Visal (802 Films), Christopher Rompré (LittleBIG Films)

North America Sales
XYZ Films

World Sales 

Valerie Steinberg Productions
Valerie Steinberg

Press Office
Matthew Sanders

36SIC Jake Wachtel

Jake Wachtel (1987) grew up in Palo Alto, California but now considers himself a dedicated peripatetic, having spent much of the past decade wandering the globe. After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Psychology and Film Studies, he began a career making short documentaries for nonprofits and social impact ventures working in the global south – his work has been featured on NYTimes.com, Wired, NPR, and MSNBC. In 2015, hungering to get to know a single community more in-depth, he moved to Cambodia to teach a year-long class in filmmaking to children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. His Phnom Penh-set short film The Foreigner Here premiered at the Cambodian International Film Festival alongside the works of a new wave of young Cambodian directors. Phnom Penh became his home base for several years as he developed Karmalink – Cambodia’s first sci-fi movie – set in the community where he taught, starring his former students. He is an avid meditator and eclectic musician, playing over 100 instruments from around the world. He also moonlights as an aspiring Cambodian pop star.