Sunday, September 15, 2013
I caught a fascinating documentary on Channel News Asia the other day, as I was skipping through the channels. Sophal Ear is a Cambodian-American academic who wrote and narrated The End/Beginning, a story that traced the route his mother and family members took to escape the Khmer Rouge and into Vietnam. He tells the story of the journey to his own children and part of the narrative is told by his own mother, Cam Youk Lim, through recordings she made before she died. The family eventually made their way to Saigon, then onto France and finally the USA. The 47-minute film was produced in collaboration with Singapore’s Channel News Asia and won a New York Festivals award for international television last year. Sophal Ear has had an internet presence for many years and published his first book at the back end of last year, Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy.