Born on Cambodian New Year in a Thai refugee camp, Socheata never knew how she got there. After her birth, the family left the past behind and became American. Her parents hid the story of ...
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Born on Cambodian New Year in a Thai refugee camp, Socheata never knew how she got there. After her birth, the family left the past behind and became American. Her parents hid the story of surviving the Khmer Rouge genocide. In NEW YEAR BABY, she journeys to Cambodia and discovers the truth about her family. She uncovers their painful secrets kept in shame which also reveal great heroism. Written by
Socheata Poeuv / Charles Vogl
New Year Baby was an excellent entry I saw on "Independent Lens"
I accidentally discovered this documentary film when I looked at the listings of the morning paper which had it in the summary column of the show "Independent Lens" hosted by Terrence Howard. The director, Socheata Poeuv, traces her family's roots from when she was born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge and finds out quite a lot about her parents' heritage that had been kept from her for so long. Like that her much older two sisters were actually cousins adopted by her mom, that her not much older brother was born to her mother by a previous husband who died, and that her mother and father's marriage was arranged. But while her parents weren't in love with each other, the father was a good listener which the mother highly tolerated. Also, the father-Nin-was a hero just by going back and forth from Cambodia to the current home town of Dallas, Texas, in getting the various family members together. Parts of the film were illustrated by animated sequences representing various memories of the family as well as Socheata's nightmares of what the Khmer Rouge members looked like. Very touching as well as occasionally funny scenes abound. So with all that said, I highly recommend New Year Baby (Ms. Poeuv was born on Cambodia New Year).
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