- Robert Lieberman
Angkor Awakens provides a compelling first-hand look at modern Cambodia — a society at a tipping point where one of Asia’s youngest populations is rebuilding its culture and moving beyond the Khmer Rouge “auto-genocide.” Over four years in the making and culled from 130 hours of footage, the film provides an in-depth look at Cambodia, sweeping from the ancient Angkor kingdom to the present day turmoil. The film includes key Cambodian players, including a rare and revealing interview with strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen as well as exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsey. Journalists, historians, US State Department officials and Cambodians young and old untangle the story of a complex society. At its heart, Angkor Awakens is a deep and revealing probe of today’s Cambodian psyche.