Miss Rain
Miss Rain
Miss Rain
Miss Rain
Miss Rain

Miss Rain

Regular price $295.00
"Haunted by a past that cannot resurface, which remains lurking in the shadows of the Cambodian forest." - Visions du Réel

  • Visions du Réel - *Special Mention*
  • Viennale

This intimate portrait of a Cambodian woman in unfinished mourning over the murder of her family during the country's 1975-1979 genocide hauntingly illustrates that the past is never a closed event.

Having lost nearly her entire family during the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, Miss Rain remains traumatized, haunted by nightmares, and in a process of mourning seemingly without end.  Her family and community once migrated each year from life out on the water in floating homes among the reeds, to the mainland forest during the wet season.  But on one night nearly four decades ago, a Khmer Rouge death squad forced most of her family from the water into the forest to be executed.  She has essentially refused to return to terra firma ever since, continuing to associate the forest with nightmares and evil.  She remains where she feels protected, on the water moving about in harmony with its rhythms.

Her brother visits her on the meanderings of the river via boat from a lakeside village.  Under the guidance of a Buddhist monk, he mounts a strong effort to help his sister overcome the psychological challenges to face and come to terms with the past.  They believe she must confront and commune with the spirits in the forest in order to find peace.

The Cambodian genocide, with an estimated death toll of 20-25% of the population, ranks among the worst atrocities in history.  Miss Rain focuses on its ongoing ramifications, and amounts to a beautifully-lensed portrait of a woman - and by extension a nation - still in the difficult process of healing. 

 

38 Minutes | Khmer with English subtitles.

Directed by: Charlie Petersmann

 

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