Dear friends and supporters,
We proudly inform you that Surviving Bokator reached a very special milestone in the world of sport cinema, achieving a win at the INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE recognized WORLD FICTS CHALLENGE (World Championship of Sport Cinema & Television). This finalist competition held at the 38th Milano International FICTS Festival, was against 970 other films submitted by 20 international sport festivals on 5 continents.
Surviving Bokator was awarded HONOURARY MENTION in the SPORT & SOCIETY – SPORT VALUES EDUCATION AND CULTURE – FEATURE category. This win for the film in world sport cinema competition, is a win for Cambodia and Khmer sport & culture.
Your film “Surviving Bokator” – like the motto of the Federation “FICTS Is Culture Through Sport” – has managed to unite these priceless values… especially in having been able to highlight, through exciting filmmaking, the history of a nation like Cambodia claiming its cultural identity and national pride… this is an invaluable heritage for present and future generations and should be celebrated and disseminated as part of the cultural history of humanity.
We’ve come a long way, but we need your support to make sure our film is seen.
WHAT IS BOKATOR
Bokator is one of the oldest martial arts in South Asia. Literally translating into ‘to pound a lion’, it is thought to have begun 1700 years ago on the battlefields of the ancient Khmer Empire.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Filmed over 5 years, Surviving Bokator provides a unique window into Cambodia’s cultural renaissance. It is a compelling personal narrative that also represents a larger social issue: how can a nation rebuild its cultural identity after genocide?