Entrancte Cambodgien| 16mins
Director: Walter Romeo | Producer: miliaplus
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: Italy
From 1975 to 1979 Cambodia, ruled by the Khmer Rouges, turns into a huge work-camp; private property, money, education and religion are abolished. Eventually, two million victims can be counted (one third of the whole population), the social fabric is torn and is today still in process of rearrangement. Social cohesion is based, before the genocide as well as today, on a syncretism of Buddhism Theravada with ancient animistic practices. As a Karstic river, religiousness resurfaces intact. From the fields to the capital's riversides, the small gestures and the great magnificence of five different ceremonies represent this country's reality and spirituality.