From the celebrated team that created â€œThey Call It Myanmar,â€ hailed by Roger Ebert as â€œone of the top documentaries of 2012,' a New York Times Criticsâ€™ Pick, comesâ€¦Angkor Awakens: A compelling look at modern Cambodia â€” a society at a tipping point, where one of Asiaâ€™s youngest populations is rebuilding its culture and learning about its past. Director Robert H. Lieberman, a child of the Holocaust, begins by taking us back in time to explore the parallels between two genocides.The film sweeps from the ancient Angkor Kingdom to todayâ€™s modern Cambodia. Through the use of shadow puppets, the viewer is led through the countryâ€™s tangled history. We discover how the CIA-sponsored ouster of King Sihanouk and the U.S. secret bombing of Cambodia led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge.The film features key Cambodian players, including a rare interview with strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen. Journalists, historians, key US State Department officials and Cambodians both young and old reflect on a society emerging from a horrific past.Angkor Awakens paints a moving portrait that helps us understand the past and the possibilities for the future as Cambodia struggles to emerge on the world stage.
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Robert H. Lieberman is a best-selling novelist and film director. He is also a long-time member of the Physics faculty at Cornell University.His previous film, â€œThey Call It Myanmar,â€ was a New York Times Criticsâ€™ Pick and named one of the top dozen documentary films of 2012 by Roger Ebert.He is presently working with producer Didier Brunner, the â€œGodfatherâ€ of French animation, to adapt his new novel â€œThe Nazis, My Father & Meâ€ for a major animated feature.Other films: the comedy â€œGreen Lights,â€ â€œLast Stop Kew Gardens,â€ â€œFaces In A Famineâ€ and â€œBoyceBall.â€His novels include â€œThe Boys of Truxton,â€ â€œBaby,â€ â€œParadise Rezoned,â€ â€œGoobersville Breakdownâ€ and â€œPerfect People.â€