Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia

[An] intimate, deeply humane documentary.


Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia

“Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia” is an eye-opening snapshot of a nation poised at a political and cultural tipping point. Viewing the present through the lens of the country’s tangled history, the film follows the people of Cambodia as they fight to recover their culture and history in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-1979).

Though the legacy of past violence and present-day repression lives on, it is counterbalanced by the hopes and aspirations of Cambodia’s new generation.
“Angkor Awakens” is built around intimate interviews— including an unprecedented appearance by Cambodia’s Strongman/Prime Minister Hun Sen. Containing stunning footage of the country, this film provides a window into the lives of one of Asia's youngest populations as it seeks to leave behind its brutal past.

The film examines Nixon and Kissinger’s secret bombing of Cambodia which set the stage for the rise of the Khmer Rouge.

“Angkor Awakens” gets rave reviews.

“Angkor Awakens” is directed by Robert H. Lieberman. He is a best-selling novelist, award winning filmmaker (“They call it Myanmar,” “Last Stop Kew Gardens”), and a long-time member of the Cornell University Physics faculty. It is Lieberman’s background as a child of the Holocaust that has led him to explore the effects of the genocide on today’s young Cambodians.

“Angkor Awakens— An Inside Look At Cambodia,” is getting rave reviews. The film opens opens Friday in NYC and Washington, and on the West Coast beginning Friday May 12.
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“Intimate, deeply human.” — Washington Post

“Absolutely harrowing” — New York Times

“A superbly balanced picture of Cambodia……Lieberman is also a novelist, and his storytelling skills are evident.” —Village Voice

“One of the most powerful films I’ve seen this year.” —Washington

“An important and enlightening reflection of our current political climate.” — Following Films

Not Rated
English, Khmer
Robert H Lieberman
Deborah Hoard, Robert HLieberman
David Kossack
Daphne Howland, Village Voice

The Khmer Rouge's mass murders were rare for a genocide in this respect: the killers and the victims shared an ethnicity, the murders a brutal move in the political game that developed after the country took desperate measures to protect itself from the Vietnam War raging along and inside its border ...

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