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Memories keep vanished Cambodian films alive

 Memories keep vanished Cambodian films alive

When filmmaker Davy Chou began to research the history of Cambodian cinema he found the films themselves had almost vanished amidst the devastation of war but that memories were keeping them alive.

“The Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh in 1975 and the film industry just simply vanished,” says Chou. 

“But the wonderful thing to me was that everywhere I went, people would remember the movies. They had passed these stories down from generation to generation.”

The 28-year-old French-Cambodian was drawn into the story through a family connection. His grandfather Van Chann was a film producer in the 1960s and 70s, a time when the Cambodian film industry thrived.

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