Millions of people wake up to their worst nightmare, when the Khmer Rouge army led by Pol Pot marches to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, on April 17 in 1975.
Families are separated, religion forbidden, currency abolished and the urban middle class forced to work in agricultural communes.
The Khmer Rouge’s ideal of the ”new people” lead the nation to unprecedented suffering and famine. The regime gets more and more paranoid, and every fourth Cambodian loses their life between 1975 and 1979.
Director Denis Do is of Cambodian extraction, born and raised in France. The haunting animation film is inspired by the experiences of his family.
The story shared by millions of Cambodians is told through the faith of one family. Like millions of others, the young couple Chou and Khoun are obliged to leave their home in the capital and say goodbye to everything they love. During the forced exile, the family is separated from their 4-year-old son Sovanh. The determination to find their son gives the family strength to survive yet another day in extreme physical and emotional suffering.
Beautifully captured serene Cambodian countryside with its endless rice fields creates an effective contrast to the sinister atmosphere.