LES ARTISTES DU THEATRE BRULE
The idea at the heart of this film is to gather a group of actors around a project that exemplifies the reality Cambodian people live in: something inside us – dignity, identity – is rotting to shreds. To recover our memory after the tragedy of genocide.
Cambodia is a land of broken dreams. There is no more cinema, no more theatre, no more playhouses. The traditional performing arts are becoming extinct, wiped out by television.
But there are still artists. Trustees of a tradition which they cannot hand down for lack of institutions, financial backing and places to perform, they are doomed to live in poverty or else perform “ethnic entertainments” for tourists. In Cambodia, artists are born into a family tradition of dancers, actors and singers and remain so for
Year of production: 2005
Country: France, Cambodia