First documentary to examine Cambodian refugees' efforts to adjust to Western life aftern fleeing from their oppressive and violent government in the 1970's. Considers the significant role played by the Khmer-buddhist culture in this difficult process.
In the 1970's, one out of every seven Cambodians died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerilla army. The Khmer Rouge tried to annihilate everything the Cambodians believed in. Faced with this death and destruction, 150,000 Cambodians fled to America. This film examines the refugees' efforts to adjust to Western life and the significant role played by the Khmer-Buddhist culture in this difficult process. With resilience born of hardship, they struggle to build their temples, hold their religious ceremonies, pass on their heritage, and save their culture in their adopted American home. (Also available in Khmer language. Call for information.)
Other credits: Florentine Films A film by Claudia Levin & Lawrence Hott Narrated by Linda Hunt Produced in Association with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities
"An exquisitely crafted documentary that exposes us to the pleasure of seeing how another people lives." --The Boston Globe