*Many of the countryside shots in "Angkor Awakens" were filmed at Peace Corps sites between 2012 and 2013.
Grab a friend and watch the premiere of "Angkor Awakens" at E Street Cinema. Q&A with Director Robert H. Lieberman follows all screenings on May 7th and 8th.
From the celebrated creators of "They Call It Myanmar," “Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia” is an eye-opening snapshot of a nation poised at a political and cultural tipping point. Viewing the present through the lens of the country’s tangled history, the film follows the people of Cambodia as they fight to recover their culture and history in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-1979). Though the legacy of past violence and present-day repression lives on, it is counterbalanced by the hopes and aspirations of Cambodia’s new generation.
“Angkor Awakens” is built around intimate interviews— including an unprecedented appearance by Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen. Containing stunning footage of the country, this film provides a window into the lives of one of Asia's youngest populations as it seeks to leave behind its brutal past. The film examines Nixon and Kissinger’s secret bombing of Cambodia which set the stage for the rise of the Khmer Rouge.
“Angkor Awakens” is directed by Robert H. Lieberman, a bestselling novelist, award-winning filmmaker, and long-time member of the Cornell University Physics faculty.
Within walking distance from Federal Triangle, Metro Center, and Gallery Place Chinatown stations. Limited street parking and garage parking available near the theater.