Lotus Sports Club
Leak lives in Phnom Penh and works as a bartender in a club. He would like to study English and Chinese to get a better job in the future.
Pa Vann is still training a new generation of footballers in Kampong Chhnang. He would like to complete the pitch he has built with an artificial turf surface, a roof, lighting and changing rooms.
Amas divides his time between Phnom Penh and his home village. At the moment, he doesn't have a full-time job and is doing temporary work. He would like to attend hairdressing school in Phnom Penh and work as a professional hairdresser.
Help Pa Vann, Leak, Amas and the other members of the Lotus Sports Club team to reach their goals and build a better future.
● Help Pa Vann complete the sports field he has built with his own hands and resources. Several critical tasks remain to be completed to make the field fully operational. These tasks include the installation of artificial turf, the installation of adequate lighting to allow for nighttime use, the construction of a protective roof to shield the field from rain, and the construction of locker rooms and rest areas for players who travel from distant locations. Pa Vann's dedication to this project deserves support and assistance to make his vision of a fully functional sports field a reality.
● Support Leak in his desire to learn English and Chinese. This will help him get a better job in the future.
● Support Amas so that he can attend a hairdressing school in Phnom Penh and fulfill his dream of one day owning his own hair salon.
● Help us raise funds to cover the expenses of the Lotus Sports Club team traveling to Hong Kong for the 2023 Gay Games this November.
Filmed over the course of five years in Cambodia, 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
"A poignant documentary about a self-made family" Jules Morgan - The Lancet
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