Lotus Sports Club
DirectorTommaso Colognese, Vanna Hem
Filmed in Cambodia over the course of five years, Lotus Sports Club, is an inspiring coming-of-age story that centers around Leak, a teenage trans man who plays football in the under-21s women's team of Kampong Chhnang, and Pa Vann, the coach and father-figure to Leak and other LGBTQ+ players on the team.
61-year-old Pa Vann established the football team in 2009 to encourage solidarity among straight, lesbian and gender-diverse players. Opening also his home to the more vulnerable, outcasted teenagers on the team, Pa Vann creates a safe place for them to be themselves. After living with Pa Vann for many years, Leak, driven by the pressure to make more money for his family and forced off the football team because of his age, must take a decision that could mean leaving behind the one person he loves the most.
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