Old Ghosts, New Dreams: The Emerging Cambodian Cinema

The Land of the Wandering Souls

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Sat, Apr 20

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The Land of the Wandering Souls
La Terre des Ames Errantes | Rithy Panh, 1999
France/Cambodia | Khmer with English subtitles | 143 minutes

This documentary follows a group of workers who are laying a high-tech fiber optic cable that will link Cambodia to the rest of Asia and Europe. The project is a hopeful symbol of the country's slow integration into the world community and the modern technological age. However, for the people employed to actually dig the trench by hand—a group of rice farmers, ex-soldiers, and their families, the poorest of the poor—the work is a mixed blessing. This film provides a haunting glimpse into the lives of these indigent workers as they encounter the painful remnants of the past—mines, bones, and a landscaped littered with human suffering—and labor to bring Cambodia into the modern age.

Series: Old Ghosts, New Dreams: The Emerging Cambodian Cinema

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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