Ratana is a 12-year-old Cambodian girl, living a tenuous existence in an impoverished rural village. Despite the suffocating pessimism of her fellow villagers, she dreams of a better life, and of building a new and permanent home for her family.
But a better future seems impossible until a local development agency suggests a radical plan for achieving her dream. The rest of the villagers think that Ratana is mad to trust the ‘outsiders’, but she seizes the opportunity and sets herself on a collision-course with her family, the village and even Mother-Nature herself.
To succeed, Ratana will need to rise above the grind of daily survival and also grapple with the terrible legacy of the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields ,pushing herself to the very limits of her strength and spirit.
To Speak is based on a true story.