Lotus Sports Club
Leak lives in Phnom Penh and works as a bartender in a club. He would love to study English and Chinese so he can find a better job in the future.
Pa Vann is still training a new generation of football players in Kampong Chhnang. He wants to complete the sports field he built with artificial turf surfacing, a roof, a lighting system, and locker rooms.
Amas lives between Phnom Penh and the village where he comes from originally. He doesn't have a full-time job and does temporary jobs. He would like to attend a barber school in Phnom Penh and work as a professional barber.
Support Pa Vann, Leak, and Amas achieving their desired goals for a better future.
Help Pa Vann complete the sports field that he has been building and that still requires essential work to become fully functional (artificial turf football surfacing, lighting system, roof, locker room, and sleeping areas for players coming from far).
Help Leak study English and Chinese languages to find a better job in the future.
Support Amas to attend a barber school in Phnom Penh and the dream to have, one day, his own barber shop.
Filmed in Cambodia over the course of five years, Lotus Sports Club, is an inspiring coming-of-age story that centres 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.
62-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.
"If you only watch one documentary this year, make it this captivating, powerfully perceptive film."
Hattie Collins - i-D Magazine
"Beautiful and uplifting—you’ll really go on a journey—Lotus Sports Club is filled with charm and humanity."
Chad Armstrong - The Queer Review
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