60. The Dancer.

I’m an actor / writer living in Cambodia.
I’ve given up the idea of rescuing children from brothels as I can’t see any brothels or children enslaved.
All I see is a vibrant, exciting city filled with beautiful, passionate people going about their daily lives.
Teaching adults on Saturdays at ACE I meet many professional men and women from various NGO sectors including health, government, law, human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.
I think to myself “They don’t need me here. The Cambodian people are protecting their own people.”
I wonder how else I can be of service to God in Cambodia.
I google creative arts companies in Phnom Penh and discover Cambodia Living Arts.
I read about their work with kids and especially dancers.
I discover the divinely beautiful Apsara.
I read about how during the Khmer Rouge period artists and dancers – as well as academics – were killed as a result of Pol Pot’s regime.
An idea for a short story springs to mind.
Which develops into an idea for a feature film.
It’s the story of a 11 year old country girl called Srey Neang whose dream is to dance for the King in the Royal Palace.
Her childhood best friend Vuth, 13, becomes a soldier for the Khmer Rouge and, one day, after witnessing the murder of her parents, under orders from Angkor and fearing his own life, Vuth forces Srey Neang to dance for her life in front of the other soldiers.
I call it The Dancer.
I pitch it to my producer in the U.K Andrew Bonner who immediately options the screenplay.
I get to work on Dancer.

Author: Mark Dark

Actor Teacher Writer Breaking Bad for Christ – a Novel. Actor turned Christian missionary turns his back on his Hollywood dreams to combat sex trafficking in Cambodia – and finds himself deep underground in a dangerous world of drugs, gangs and violence. Based on a true story. https://steveedwardsthoughts.wordpress.com/

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