Plot Outline: During Pol Pot's dictatorship, the former national theater in Phnom Penh miraculously survived as an occasional venue for propagandistic pageants. But, the theater was ironically burned afterward, in 1994. Since then, during Cambodia's push to become a "normal" capitalist society, the theater has remained in ruins while structures consistent with the new money-making ethos rise all around it.
Decimated by the Khmer Rouge's murderous cultural extermination, few of Cambodia's once much-vaunted traditional performers survived. Some of those who did, however, have returned to the shell of the burnt theater, holding dance classes in the roofless halls and rehearsing plays on its weed-bearing stage.
But after decades of willful cultural destruction, Cambodians now no longer know what it means to be an audience.
Verbalizing this loss, along with their haunted memories of life under the Khmer Rouge, are actors who once proudly trod the theater's stage. Journalist Chheang Bopha (it's unclear if she's a real or scripted reporter) gets the actors to discuss their past triumphs, such as Then Nan Doeun's fondly remembered performance as Cyrano.
These wistful reminiscences lead to discussions between the actors of both past glories and the difficulties of finding professional fulfillment in a nation that no longer appreciates them.
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[Khmer].Les.artistes.du.Théâtre.Brulé.(2005).(English.Subbed).DVDRip.DivX5.avi [675.28 Mb]
Original AR is 16:9, so use a player that allows you to select the correct AR manually.
Hasn't been deinterlaced properly, see for example last screen.