Rice People

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Les Gens de la rizière

Rice People

(Neak srë)

by Rithy Panh



Les Gens de la rizière

Director: Rithy Panh

Script: Rithy Panh, Eva Deboise

Cinematographer: Jacques Bouquin

Editor: Andrée Davanture

Sound: Jean-Claude Brisson

Music: Marc Marder

Cast: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn, Muong Danyda, Pen Sopheary, Proum Mary, Sam Kourou

Production: JBA Production, Thelma Films

JBA Production
52 rue Charlot
75003 Paris
Tel: 003
Fax: 0033
Mail: jbaprod@jbaproduction.com

Year: 1994

35 mm, Colour, 125 min, 
OV Khmer with French Subtitles

Vong Poeuv, his wife Yim Om and their seven daughters live according to the growing of rice. Its unpredictable crop is a source of anxiety and joy; it is vital for the life of the whole family. When Vong Poeuv dies, his wife Yim Om has to manage by herself. She is unable to accept her husband’s death and slowly sinks into madness. The elder daughters take the destiny of the family.
"Rice People is a journey in the heart of Cambodian culture. Men and the paddy fields are one. Man cultivates earth and vice-versa. The dramatic framework of the film is the ancestral cycle of rice cultivation which regulates life with slowdowns and changes, loudly livening up paddy fields and then allowing us to hear the silence of nature…” Rithy Panh

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