The late night car ride into the morning of the city goes in the wrong direction. Only after a while one realizes that everyone is going backwards, into the darkness of reality. This baffling metaphor starts off a trip to Cambodia’s unknown film history. Between 1960 and 1975 almost 400 films were made in Phnom Penh, only 30 of them being left over. The Khmer Rouge burnt and rotted them, just like they did with numerous studios and cinemas. Director Davy Chou, grandson of one of the most prominent producers of the ‘golden age’, reconstructs the cinematographic heritage of his country.
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