Director-producer Aviva Ziegler’s feature documentary Wandering Souls will screen on Sbs and at Australian and international film festivals following the world premiere last week at the Cambodia International Film Festival.
The film follows the mounting of a stage production, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, which premiered in Melbourne in 2017. The work was created in memory of the two million Cambodians who died at the hands of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.
Wandering Souls also tells first-hand survival stories of those involved in the creation of the play and of the determination of Cambodians to reclaim an artistic heritage that disappeared during the four years of the reign of terror. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the regime’s overthrow.
Commissioned by the not-for-profit organization Cambodian Living Arts, the play was a first-time collaboration between Cambodian film director Rithy Panh and the country’s premier composer, Dr.