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In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to live in Cambodia, i.e., they will have to learn to cultivate, to plough, to work the land. Rice people tries to share this way of life, to demonstrate the fragile equilibrium on which it lies and the freedom it represents. Written by
L.H. Wong <email@example.com>
Cambodian director Rithy Panh makes an excellent film about hard lives of farmers.
Cambodian film "Rice people" is an outstanding work of art about the lamentable plight of women in developed countries.This is one of those films which appears absolutely realist as it has been shot in a quasi documentary style.As ideologies and themes of this film are common to most Asian cultures,one can surmise that any Asian person can easily comprehend its fable like texture which eschews any kind of potent didactic stance.Most of the Asian countries have common characteristics such as farmers with more children and distribution of land.Despite its pessimist stance,Rice People has a highly optimistic,positive charm which comes from the belief that things would change for good.All of us feel that sometimes a film does not remain a film.We all feel that some films must become life by depicting life in such a manner that unreal becomes real.In "Rice People",everything becomes life and it is this difficult albeit serene life in a Cambodian village which has been filmed by famous Cambodian director Monsieur Rithy Panh based in Paris.Film critic/Senior French translator/interpreter Lalit Rao spent a couple of hours discussing films about humanist themes with Monsieur Rithy Panh during Osian Cinefan Asian Film Festival 2005 at New Delhi.
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