Eskape

  • Adeline Neary Hay
  • France
  • 2021
  • 70 min
  • World Premiere
  • Envision Competition

The refugee camp Khao-I-Dang on the border of Cambodia and Thailand was known as the “hill of death.” Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing famine or certain death under the Khmer Rouge arrived there exhausted. Among them were a mother and her baby daughter, who later found a home in France.

Fourty years later, the daughter—filmmaker Neary Adeline Hay—follows the trail back in a highly personal, elegantly filmed journey through their past. She hopes to hear more details from her mother, who has kept silent all these years. It is only when she meets the woman on the French coast who took them in that the stories start to emerge. How she fled through the jungle with her baby, who was sedated so she wouldn’t cry. How they escaped imprisonment and death. She was repeatedly told that she would have to leave her daughter behind to increase her chances of survival. “Never without my daughter,” she still says vehemently.

Credits

  • 70 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Khmer, Thai, French
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Adeline Neary Hay
Production
Jasmin Basic for La Bête, Fabrizio Polpettini for La Bête
Co-production
Pierre-André Belin for Batonrouge Productions
Cinematography
Philip Skoczkowski, Adeline Neary Hay
Editing
Marylou Vergès

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