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Sopheap Chea is executive director of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He will speak about Bophana’s mission and the effort to reclaim Cambodian film history.
Davy Chou’s Golden Slumbers finds the few Cambodians who can recall the 1960–75 heyday of that nation’s cinema and tenderly listens to their stories.Hollywood Reporter
Yvon Hem, Dy Saveth, Liv Sreang, Ly Bun Yim,
The Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror and genocide also decimated a homegrown film industry that had flourished since 1960: movie theaters were bombed, film prints were destroyed, and artists were executed. Filmmaker Davy Chou mourns this loss of lives and culture, but balances the somber material with a playfulness that honors the lush melodramas and mythic adventures of the Cambodian film industry’s glory years. Chou’s documentary is a séance of sorts, summoning the spirits of films past and finding remnants in the present through the reminiscences of surviving filmmakers and actors and, poignantly, through song.