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Mohamad Ali Keshavarz,
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
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Cambodian director Rithy Panh recently directed the documentary "The Missing Picture", about the genocide under the Khmer Rouge. I didn't previously know that in 1994 he directed "Neak sre" ("The Rice People" in English). This movie is about a family in rural Cambodia that experiences one hardship after another. It is one REALLY grim existence.
I hope that Panh continues making movies. I also hope to see the other movies that he has directed so far. He is doing a masterful job focusing on this country that has endured French colonialism, a CIA-installed stooge, and a genocidal regime. The Cambodian people do what they can to press forward. I really recommend "The Rice People". It goes to show that a good plot is what a movie needs to be good, not nonstop special effects.
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