Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Angkar + Q&A (2018)

Location Picturehouse Central, Director Neary Adeline Hay, Country France, Duration 71, Date Event has passed

Born from a forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime, director Neary Adeline Hay travels back to Cambodia with her father, Khonsaly, to face his former Khmer Rouge persecutors. In Ta Saeng, the detention village that they lived together in as prisoners over forty years before, Khonsaly and the remaining inhabitants recount the workings of the sites that became theatres for the deaths of millions. In a contemplative, artful piece of testimony, Hay and her father produce a personal and poetic treatise on the need to record and reactivate memory and not forget the past, however painful it may be.

+ Q&A with director Neary Adeline Hay.

Screens with:
A God’s Shadow | Bernhard Hetzenauer | 2017 | Germany, Austria, Mexico | 20’

Chon, a member of the Native Mexican Wirrárika community, tells the story of his cousin Faustino, son of the shaman of an indigenous settlement in the mountains of Nayarit called La Mora. In the 1980s Faustino had proclaimed himself to be god and the community‘s spiritual leader, which then had been accepted by his father and the inhabitants. Together with an armed group he menaced and terrorized other neighboring villages. When Chon witnessed his cousin kill various members of their own community, he escaped La Mora.