by Céline Dréan
Director: Céline Dréan
Cinematographer: Guillaume Kozakiewiez
Editor: Denis Le Paven
Sound: Corinne Gigon, Sear Vissal
Music: Thomas Le Corre
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DV CAM, Colour, 50 min, French Version
In a big Parisian hotel, the night watchman insatiably draws. For more than twenty years, Franco-Cambodian artist Sera has been inking the plates of his comic strips in the silence of the night. Exiled in France with a part of his family since the Khmer Red took Phnom Penh in 1975, he finds strength in his brush to recount his story. Here are his drawings, the studio and the shelter of his hotel. There are the sun, the memories and the questions. While words surface and memory takes shape, he still has to chase ghosts away, as for all the Cambodian people.
"Even if he left his country before the barbarity took place, he has inherited the Khmer tragedy. This history has moulded him, haunted him and he still fights today to recover all the outlines of a manhand led national identity." Céline Dréan