Surviving Bokator centers around a society of survivors and Cambodia’s children – the genocide generation who still limps forward with the trauma of a horrific past, and a younger, unblemished generation who are forging a bright, new future. Between these two generations lies the conflict on how best to move forward and who should take the lead. Many similar goals; many different paths. It soon becomes evident that they must forge together in order to create mutual success.
Ours is a story about the human spirit. It is about transcending adversity on behalf of a national identity, at the risk of the self and the ego. What strength of self does it take to make that step forward? Today, Bokator in particular, has become a metaphor for Cambodia’s renewed cultural strength and empowerment.
This film serves as a look into the microcosm of the future, what happens to countries that survive conflict, and how they can recoup the things they have lost.
How do you define survival? With the revival of their lost culture, Cambodians are slowly overcoming the shame of the Killing Fields and regaining the pride of their noble ancestors. In today’s global climate of war, the struggles that Cambodia currently faces are challenges we will be seeing the world over for many years to come.