French filmmaker Rithy Panh, who has spent much of his career (S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine
) documenting the horrors that befell his native Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge years in the 1970s, came up with a novel way to relate the story of what happened to him and his family during that time. He uses hundreds of clay puppets, arranged in intricate dioramas and backed up by very rare period KR propaganda newsreels touting the revolution. The result is this ghostly dream of a documentary, a tone poem of heavy irony and irretrievable loss, written by Panh and Christophe Bataille and narrated by Randal Douc. Powerful and unforgettable (92 min.).