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RICE PEOPLE - RITHY PANH
rice people
cambodia
a film by  RITHY PANH film 125'
in Khmer - subtitled in French / in English - 35mm / beta num pal 16/9 mono / beta num pal 4/3 mono/ beta sp pal 4/3 mono / beta num ntsc 16/9 mono - photography: all rights reserved
It is the story of Vong Poeuv, his wife Yim Om and their seven daughters. Their lives, their joys, thier beliefs and their survival are dictated by rice growing. The plot of land is small, the family numerous, the children are growing up. The harmony is fragile. Abanal incident occurs, transforming the cycle of life into a cycle of death. In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are
asked where rice comes from, they answer: "from U.N lorries". They have never seen a ri cefield. One day, these children will have to learn to live in Cambodia, in other words, they will have to learn to cultivate, to plough, to work the land. "Rice people" tries to share this way of life, to demonstate the fra gile equilibrium on which it lies and the freedom it represents.
director RITHY PANH - authors EVE DEBOISE, RITHY PANH - producer JACQUES BIDOU - productions JBA PRODUCTION, LA SEPT CINéMA, ZDF, THELMA FILM AG, TSR - editing MARIE CHRISTINE ROUGERIE - PENG PHAN, MOM SOTH, CHIM NALINE, VA SIMORN - image JACQUES BOUQUIN - sound JEAN CLAUDE BRISSON - music MARC MARDER - year of production 1994 - RPCA 81 121
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"Official Selection - Competition - Cannes Film Festival" (France 1994)
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