Monday, March 16, 2015

Documentary on Haing Ngor

Haing S Ngor's signature
Yesterday saw the world premiere of Arthur Dong's 87-minute film: The Killing Fields of Dr Haing S Ngor, at the CAAMFest in San Francisco. Dr. Haing S Ngor, the only Asian to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, was recruited out of the blue by a casting agent at a wedding to play the heartrending role of Cambodian photographer Dith Pran in Roland Joffé’s 1984 film The Killing Fields. Ngor drew on his own experiences as a four-year survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s labor camps, where he endured gruesome torture and hard labor while his family, including his wife and unborn son, died around him. Though he continued acting, Ngor retrained the spotlight on Cambodia, traveling worldwide to speak out against Pol Pot’s regime and the Vietnamese occupation of his country that followed. He became such a powerful voice that specters of conspiracy still haunt his untimely 1996 death. Veteran doc-maker Arthur Dong unspools Ngor’s phenomenal life with original animation, rare archival material and newly shot footage inspired by his autobiography Survival in the Killing Fields. Here is the actor's signature over a picture of him with his Oscar.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are missed Mr. Ngor

May 4, 2015 at 11:26 AM  

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