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Born Sweet
Directed by
Cynthia Wade

Cambodia / 2010 / 28

In Cambodian with English subtitles

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Fifteen year old Vinh Voeurn has accepted his destiny to be sick for the rest of life with incurable arsenic poisoning, but his illness does not stop him from fantasizing about becoming a karaoke star and winning the affections of adoring fans.
Cynthia Wade is an Oscar-winning documentary director. Her newest documentary Born Sweet, about a Cambodian village poisoned by arsenic-laced well water, received an Honorable Mention at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is currently on the film festival circuit. Wade recently directed the feature-length documentary Living the Legacy: The Untold Story of Milton Hershey School, which is currently airing on the IFC and Sundance Channels.

Wade's short documentary Freeheld won an Academy Award, a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and 16 other film festival awards worldwide. Wade also directed and shot the five-time award-winning HBO documentary Shelter Dogs, which was broadcast in seven countries, as well as the 1999 Cinemax Reel Life documentary Grist For The Mill, which The Hollywood Reporter called "a delight...full of quirky moments and clever humor" and Variety called "a jewel...extremely comical."

Wade was co-producer and the principal verite cinematographer for the 1998 PBS documentary Taken In: The Lives of America's Foster Children, which was awarded a Columbia-DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism. She has been cameraperson for PBS, HBO/Cinemax, Bravo, AMC, MTV, A&E, Discovery, TNT, Oxygen, LOGO, and The History Channel.

Wade's corporate clients have included Intel, the Gap, Met Life, and Goldman Sachs. She has directed commissioned documentaries for the National Guard Youth Foundation, Job Corps, Yale University and Phoenix Children's Hospital, among other non-profit clients.

Wade received a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, from Smith College and a Master's Degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University. She runs the boutique documentary film company, Cynthia Wade Productions, in New York City.

Producer(s): Cynthia Wade
Director(s): Cynthia Wade
Cinematographer(s): Daniel B. Gold, David Teague, Cynthia Wade
Editor(s): David Teague
Composer(s)/Music: Max Avery Lichtenstein




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