Archive Fever 6.0
dir. Davy Chou, France/Cambodia, 2011, digital, Khmer, French w/ English subtitles, 96 min.
Between the early 1960s and 1975, Cambodia was home to a vibrant film industry that produced more than 400 features. When the Khmer Rouge seized control of the country, they halted production, demolishing the industry along with most of the rest of the country’s cultural life. Cinemas were closed, prints destroyed, and the filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters who were not able to flee the country were slaughtered. Davy Chou’s Golden Slumbers resurrects this cinema’s heyday. Though very few of the films from this period have remained intact, Chou uses the soundtracks, advertisements, posters and lobby cards to recreate his subjects’ shared memories of a golden era.