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Cambodian Gangnam Style with Taramana NGO

Posted by on 14 January 2016

After the unforgettable experience I had shooting the lipdub with the Cambodian kids from the Learning Foundation, I thought it would be a good idea to renew the experience.

As I was travelling in Cambodia, beginning of 2013, I met Jocelyn Dordé, founder of the Taramana NGO. I told him about the lipdub project I shot for the Learning Foundation, and how it helped draw the attention on them. Jocelyn was immediately enthusiast to the idea of making a viral video so we started brainstorming. The kids at that time were big fans of Psy with his song Gangnam Style, so we thought it would be fun to make our own version of it.

What we wanted to show in this video is that these kids are indeed financially poor, but they have so much potential and energy once you let them express themselves. It would be a shame not to enjoy so much life and joy, and their natural positivity and happiness.
We are convinced that humanitarian aid should focus on giving children strength and confidence: a bit of help that will help them believe in themselves, give them hope for a brighter future and preserve their dignity under any situation.

So after a whole month of shooting and rehearsing, here’s the result:

Here’s the kids’ reaction when they see the parody:

And the behind the scenes:

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