Rithy Panh Films 

Bophana: A Cambodian Tragedy, 1996
Cambodian filmmaker, Rithy Panh, born in 1964 in Phnom Penh, currently lives in France. In 1975 he was interned in Khmer Rouge rehabilitation camps and escaped to Thailand in 1979.  In 1980 he arrived in Paris where he ultimately graduated from the French National Cinema School. His first documentary feature film, Site II, was awarded "Grand Prix du Documentaire" at the  Festival of Amiens.  His latest documentary on Cambodia,  “Land of Wandering Souls,” has also received numerous international awards.

The Rice People (Neak Srey),

Set in the yearly cycle of rice farming, this feature film depicts the struggles of rice farmers throughout Southeast Asia.  The story, based upon the novel “Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan” by eminent Malay author Shahnon Ahmad, is transposed to a rural Cambodian setting.  The tenuous existence of  one Cambodian family begins to unravel after a series of accidents.  Facing tremendous adversity,  the eldest daughter saves the family by bringing in the rice crop.  (JBA Productions, 1994)

Land of Wandering Souls

In 1999,  Alcatel laid Southeast Asia's first optical fiber cable, which crosses Cambodia from Thailand. This installation project provided several months of employment for many  Cambodians, especially those from rural areas facing uncertain economic conditions.  This documentary illustrates the hardships, dignity, and wit of these workers while providing insight into the social and economic contradictions facing contemporary Cambodia. (INA, 1999)


Bophana: A Cambodian Tragedy 

This docudrama, based upon documents  and forced confessions recovered during the 1980s,  is currently showing at the Tuol Sleng Museum in Phnom Penh.  With great pathos, it follows the lives of two young people—the lovely young woman Hout Bophana, and Ly Sitha, an ex- monk turned Khmer-rouge soldier—who fall in love, marry, and are  killed during the Pol Pot regime.  (INA , 1996)

Site II

Although the refugee camp known as  Site II no longer exists, it  held as many as 180,000 people in a four-mile area on the border of Thailand and Cambodia during the 1980s.  This historic documentary follows the life of one Cambodia family  in Site II.   Narrated by the mother,  it provides a glimpse into life as a “displaced person.”  (JBA, 1989)


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Land of the Wandering Souls


One Evening After the War