Cambodia Dreams 62:00, 2008 (Ref: AS08700)


Eighteen years in the making, Cambodia Dreams is the stunning documentary about a Cambodian family divided by the proxy war that ravaged the country in the 1970’s and led to civil war and revolution. It chronicles the parallel lives of the family, half of whom went to one of the refugee camps in Thailand while the other half remained in their village in Cambodia. A seemingly simple story is crafted with delicate minimalism and enriched by the family’s matriarch Yan Cheing, who has an extraordinary grasp of the complex issues involved. Despite being trapped in a refugee camp for 12 wasted years, the former rice farmer still refuses to become a victim. The story is allowed to unfold at its own pace – resulting in a film that has astounding depth and emotion.