The portrait of a youth in Cambodia, caught between traditions and desire for emancipation.

Sorya, a 17-year-old Cambodian peasant girl, arrives in Phnom Penh to work in a factory to support her family. But the infernal pace and the repetition of tasks are not to Sorya's taste. She prefers the nightlife and the effervescence of the capital, especially, in the arms of Chann, the fascinating and elusive young foreman who takes her to sing at night in a trendy bar, the "Lucky Girls"...! An initiatory, sensual and musical story, where the voice of our heroine is lost and revealed to the sound of Cambodian rock guitars.

Director’s statement
The film Sorya was born out of my desire to tell the story of Cambodia today and to represent its youth - bubbling, full of life, with dreams and desires. It is a Cambodia that I want to depict in order to participate in my own way in the reconstruction of an image of this country too often reduced to its dark days - a vision that is neither miserabilistic nor exotic, but well and truly anchored in reality. The story deals with universal themes, such as family, friendship, love, death, and the music in this movie is in the foreground. In this context, our target audience is teenagers and adults.


Marion Boffelli


Anthony Assaf


Country of production


Target audience

adult, teenage

Animation technique

2D, 3D (CGI)

Production company

Special Touch Studios

Estimated budget

5 045 000 EUROS

Funding secured

French South Region development funding : 20 000 euros Pictanovo development funding : 50 000 euros CNC-CVS development funding: 70 000 euros Media Slate development funding: 50 000 euros Ciclic development funding : 25 000 euros


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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