Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cambodia premiere

This coming Saturday (14th March) at 6.30pm, the first screening in Cambodia of the documentary film Out of the Poison Tree will take place at Meta House, next to Wat Botum in Phnom Penh. Don't miss it. It's the story of a family's search for truth about the horrific years of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. It's relevancy is so appropriate with the first of the Khmer Rouge trials soon to take place, some thirty years after the regime was toppled. It's an opportunity to hear what today's Cambodians think about justice and forgiveness.
Filmmaker Beth Pielert's beautiful and moving film follows Thida Buth Mam and her two sisters back to Cambodia to find out more about the disappearance of their father, Buth Choen and to hear first-hand from Cambodians about the necessity for justice, a trial and forgiveness. Perhaps the most poignant plea for justice comes from a teenage schoolgirl, Davey Heng, standing amongst her classroom peers, in a flood of tears, but determined to state her point of view. As the Khmer Rouge Tribunal readies itself for the trial of Comrade Duch, this film is aptly timed for the voice it gives to ordinary Cambodians as well as well-known figures like Youk Chhang and Aki Ra. Archive footage and music from acclaimed Long Beach artist praChly complete the picture.
A faded picture of Thida Buth Mam's father, the subject of their return to Cambodia to search for the truth



Anonymous Anonymous said...

i ve read many2 books about khmer regime so sad that everytime i read it, i will cry..broken glass floats, heaven becomes hell, survival in the killing felds..they're all so sad..will visit cambodian end of this year.. i pray justice for the cambodian..

March 15, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

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