Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Teeda Butt-Mam - seeking answers

A documentary film, due for completion later this year, focuses on the return to Cambodia of Teeda Butt-Mam and her two sisters, in search of answers, especially around the fate of their father. The film is called Out of the Poison Tree and the production team's website at http://www.goodfilmworks.com explains the process behind bringing the film to fruition.

The story of Teeda Butt-Mam and her family has already been told in two books, authored by JoAn D Criddle under the titles, To Destroy You Is No Loss (published in 1987) and Bamboo & Butterflies : From Refugee to Citizen (published in 1992). Teeda has been a speaker on genocide issues for many years and is a keen advocate of the Khmer Rouge tribunal. Amongst those interviewed for the film are Youk Chhang, the Director of DC-Cam, Arn Chorn-Pond and the Venerable Yos Hut Khemacaro, while music will be supplied by Long Beach rapper PraCh Ly. Certainly a film to be on the look-out for when it gets aired later this year.

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