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Surviving Bokator

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DUTCH PREMIERE

7-10 December 2021 – Online (buy tickets here)

97′ | Central Khmer & English dialogue | English subtitles

Director: Mark Bochsler

An elder master leads a team of young proteges on a grassroots mission to revive an ancient martial art and win international competition. Like many of Cambodia’s great traditions, Bokator was nearly eradicated by the Khmer Rouge 40 years ago and was feared extinct. Shot over 5 years, this powerful award winning film is a unique look into a post-war people’s efforts to reclaim traditional identity and find their place in a modern world. And as the only film to capture Bokator’s resurrection, it has become an historic record.