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Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia

Ellen Bruno; Bruno, Ellen; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Samsara: (Sanskrit) Perpetual repetition of birth and death from the past through the present to the future, through six illusory realms: Hell, Hungry Spirits, Animals, Fighting Spirits, Man and Heaven. Samsara documents the struggle of the Cambodian people to rebuild a shattered society in a climate of war and with limited resources. Ancient prophecy Buddhist teachings, and folklore provide a context for understanding the Cambodian tragedy, bringing a humanistic perspective to a country in deep political turmoil. Samsara moves at a deliberate, reflective and sometimes dreamlike pace. Meditative voices intermingle descriptions of the mundane realities of daily life in war-torn Cambodia with the enduring spiritual and philosophical beliefs of the Khmer people. The music and stunning photography enhance the narrative and evoke an awesome respect for these people who persevere — though they have been tested to the limits of human endurance.
Director
Ellen Bruno
Release Date
1989
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by BrunoFilms in 1989.
Publisher no.
1127900 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 30 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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