INTRODUCTION

This documentary film relates the unique and tragic history of Thell, 28 years old, who has been dragged off with her relatives in a genocide which was to kill about 1.7 million people between 1975 and 1979 in Cambodia.

Welcome to Angkar

This sentence has been heard or said by millions of Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. When the Khmer Rouge came to power on April the 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was evacuated within 2 days. The population moving is justified by these mysterious words, repeated again and again: “Welcome to Angkar”.

The Angkar… This new regime is aiming at building an egalitarian society through strength and work and getting rid of intellectuals and ruling classes who were seen as perverted. The Angkar symbolizes the building of a new State, ruled by a single ideology, the Kampuchéa Communist Party one (Party also called the Angkar padevat).
Why this Project ?

We have met Thell through her eldest son; their history moved and shook us very deeply. As a lot of survivors – whether they choose to talk about it or not, Thell keeps unfailing memories of the events which happened during those dark times in Cambodia. And that is for one good reason: before the revolution, her family was about 60 people. Today, she only has her sister and her son left, a promise also, promise she made her father on his deathbed: survive and testify, for their ancestor’s history not to sink into oblivion.

With this documentary, we want to share with you this interlude in Cambodia’s history and to show you the lives and dignity of a family and a people, without following any chronological or historical tale of cold and impersonal events.

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The History

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April the 17th 1975, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. They emptied the city within 2 days and turned the country into a forced labour camp. Our documentary film starts precisely that day.

As for the whole population, Thell and her relatives are “invited” to take belongings “for 3 days only”. Very quickly, they realize the scope of the political project that is taking place under their powerless eyes. No, they will not be leaving “for 3 days only”.

But for how long? To go where? And to do what? In order to justify the unjustifiable, the Khmer Rouge repeat tirelessly as a leitmotiv: “Walk strait forward, Angkor will welcome you”. So road after road, village after village, Thell and her relatives started to forge their single goal: survive this horror.

Through the lives and dignity of a family, this documentary film mentions four years of starvation, illness, forced labour, during which this people cut off from the rest of the world has turned on itself.

THE TEAM

Partners

ECODREAMS

Artistic and ethic label created in 2014. It works for the emergence of hidden talents. Originally, there is a collective, Karreo, composed by people mad about music and picture. Today, EcoDreams units 10 contributors-specialists looking for new models for the artists (via the LaboDreams) and the project designers.

LUKARN

LUKARN Freelance society, created in 2009. The range of their activities is triple: distributing in France and worldwide a large choice of TV shows, producing or co-producing different types of shows and helping French or foreign producers to find additional funds for their broadcasting projects.

OVNI STUDIO

Structure specialized in audiovisual realization and production. It offers a full assistance for projects: from the development phase until the broadcasting stage, through the realization itself.

OMD CONSULTING

OMD Consulting is a consulting firm specializing in strategy, management and organization that assists private and public structures of the Indian Ocean in their strategic transformation projects, organizational and information systems. OMD Consulting builds on this project support experience to support project promoters in their cultural initiatives. It’s in this context that OMD Consulting accompanies Over The Moon Productions with the documentary “Welcome to Angkar”.

LA LANTERNE MAGIQUE

Created in 2002 in Saint-Denis (La Réunion, France), this association is totally dedicated to the broadcasting of all forms of films, the awakening of perception and imagination as well as the creation based on moving-pictures. Its actions? Film projection programming, workshop and meeting supervision and dissemination of the achievements in La Réunion and beyond.

KARREO

Audiovisual designers collective founded in 2009. Carried by the ecoDreams label, it units musicians, directors and producers moved by the same envy to sublimate stories with a strong artistic identity. It already counts a few short films, video clips and now a documentary, thanks to the “Angkar will welcome you” project.

Over the moon Productions

Over the moon Productions Freelance society created in 2012 specialized in sound and picture, it develops documentaries, short films, video clips, corporate videos or commercials, with a professional team.

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