When a thirteen-year-old child, who lost the greater part of his family under the Khmer rouge, embarks on a search for their graves, whether clay or on spiritual ground, what does he find there? And above all, what is he looking for?
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Panh, as hungry for answers and solace as anyone he films, refuses to editorialize on anyone’s strategy for vivifying the past, channeling old souls, or staging hunts for objects that will never be found.