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September 10-13, 2020 KlaipÄ—da
BLON Animation and Games Festival

Funan

PG-13 / 1 h 24 min / 2018 / Animation / Belgium, Cambodia, France, Luxembourg
Subtitles: Lithuanian, English

Funan recounts the life of Chou, a young Cambodian separated from her son Sovanh in the early days of the Khmer Rouge revolution in 1975. Like so many others, Chou will be deported and sent to a forced-labour camp. One by one, her closest people will be torn from her. She will experience injustice, dismay and helplessness. She will have to face hunger, fear… death. As a woman, a mother and a wife, Chou will have to find the strength to exist, to decide and to survive. To resist the daily atrocities imposed by the Khmer Rouge, she will have to force herself and learn to be assertive. Then the couple she forms with her husband Khuon will acquire a much broader dimension. In suffering and adversity, they will tear each other apart, rediscover and love each other, and they will learn to fight. Together. Chou will become an entirely new woman in order to find this son the regime has taken from her. Strong and determined, she will reveal herself. To others, but also to herself. Despite missing her son and being powerless, she will never give up. Because somewhere out there, Sovanh needs her.

Directed by Denis Do
Screenwriters: Magali Pouzol, Denis Do, Elise Trinh
Producers: Sébastien Onomo, David Grumbach, Annemie Degryse
Company - Les Films d'Ici

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