• Pol Pot Dancing

    Pol Pot Dancing



  • Pol Pot Dancing

    Pol Pot Dancing



  • Pol Pot Dancing

    Pol Pot Dancing



  • Pol Pot Dancing

    Pol Pot Dancing



  • Pol Pot Dancing

    Pol Pot Dancing



  • Pol Pot Dancing

    Pol Pot Dancing



  • Pol Pot Dancing

    Pol Pot Dancing



Pol Pot Dancing

by Enrique Sánchez Lansch

Pol Pot Dancing

2023 | 99:00 min

Formal Categories

Human Interest Arts Musical Music

Content Categories

Documentary
102min or 52min original English, Cambodian version with English, French, German subtitles available
Synopsis
A star dancer at the Cambodian royal court lovingly raises her husband's little brother as her own son. Decades later, as a forced labourer under the Khmer Rouge, she discovers that her foster son is Pol Pot.
Chea Samy was an outstanding soloist in the royal dance ensemble at the Cambodian Royal Palace in the 1930s. But she was also Pol Pot’s foster mother. After marrying Pol’s older brother, a low-level official at the royal court, she looked after the boy as if he were her own. They lost contact when he disappeared into the underground after his graduation. In 1975, like millions of other Cambodians, she was driven to the rice fields. Only after three years of forced labour did she learn that Pol Pot was the boy she had raised decades before. As one of only few dancers, she managed to survive his reign and returned to Phnom Penh as a dance teacher, thus preserving knowledge of the traditional dance. One of her first pupils was Sophiline Cheam, now a successful choreographer. Her ensemble incorporates events from Cambodia’s past in its dance routines. The starting point is a curious fact about Pol Pot’s career, which few Cambodians know about: the connection between Pol Pot and classical Cambodian dance. Artists and intellectuals, in particular, fell victim to the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge, whose leader ironically spent a crucial part of his childhood in the royal palace and gained access to higher education thanks to this dance.
Festivals/Awards
2024
26 TiDF Thessaloniki
Cast and Crew
  • Director Enrique Sánchez Lansch
  • Producer Arne Birkenstock
  • Director of Photography Marcus Winterbauer
  • Producer Laryssa Stone
  • Editor Julia Oehring
  • Sound Patrick Veigel
Original Languages

English

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