Between 1960 and 1975, Cambodia’s film industry showed enormous growth by producing 400 films. However, when the Khmer government took over, most of the filmmakers were purged from the country and the films were burned. Only about 30 films survived the ordeal.
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What is cinema if not the expression of a culture articulating the joy and drama of life? Cambodia's rich film legacy from 1960 was all but destroyed in 1975 with the advent of the Khmer Rouge regime. Davy Chou takes viewers on a journey to the past in Golden Slumbers, rewinding the spool of memory to humid Phnom Penh evenings at the theater. Surviving film producers, movie idols and film buffs recall a lost era.