The Future's Past

Documentary / Austria / Luxembourg / 2012 / 90 min

Premiere: Diagonale 2012

:: Synopsis

Using the Khmer Rouge Tribunal as a starting point, Susanne Brandstätter takes a deeper look into the lives of young cambodians on the brink of adulthood. As the trial accusing a perpetrator of the Pol Pot regime progresses, it becomes a cata- lyst for a new generation of Cambodians questioning their parents, families and neighbors about the inhumanities their nation has suffered.

Brandstätter accompanies three families on two different continents – two cambo- dian families and an immigrated cambo- dian family in Paris, France – recognizing that the truth is only to be found among those who survived and that the past can best be questioned by those who are about to build a future.

:: Credits

Written & directed by Susanne Brandstätter
Camera Jörg Burger
Editing Sophie Reiter
Sound Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Atanas Tcholakov
Line producer Alfie Lang-Král
Producers Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck
Supported by Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfund Luxemburg, Filmfonds Wien & ORF
Production AMOUR FOU Vienna & AMOUR FOU Luxembourg

:: Awards


:: Festivals

Diagonale Graz 2012, Austria

Cambodia International Filmfestival CIFF 2012, Cambodia

European Film Festival Phnom Penh 2015, Cambodia