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Bare hands and wooden limbs

Label
Bare hands and wooden limbs
Title
Bare hands and wooden limbs
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1975 Khmer Rouge forces kidnapped and tortured Chhem Sip, aged 14. He managed to escape, until he reached a refugee camp in Thailand. Eventually he was adopted by an American minister, became a U.S. citizen and turned to activism to help other Cambodian immigrants. Yet, he never felt at peace. However much he assisted other Cambodians who had made to the U.S., he felt he owed even more to those he had left behind. In 1970 Touj Soeurly became a Khmer-Rouge soldier, rising to the rank of Commander. He is a charismatic leader who trained his men in all the required military activities, including the laying of landmines. In 1989 he stepped on a landmine and lost a leg. He decided to leave the military and do something for former soldiers and civilians who had also become amputees, many of whom end up as beggars in the streets. Soeurly works out of a strong sense that he has miss-spent his life, that the Khmer Rouge vision for Cambodia was the wrong vision, and now he needs to work for a different vision, to compensate for his past. The result is the village of Veal Thom, formed in 2000. The mission of Veal Thom is simple: to give at least some of the amputees of Cambodia, who are shunned outcasts in their society, a place where they can live and work that is, can be self-sufficient, productive members of society. The film alternates between the point of view of Chhem Sip, who fled to the US after years of torture, forced labor, and witnessing the death of multiple family members, and that of former Khmer Rouge Commander Touj Souerly. Each of them is up front about the horrors they suffered, the guilt they feel, the strong drive they have to help bring about change in their country. They tell this to us and they discuss it with each other. The film spends time with a handful of individual villagers: a double-leg amputee who is now a rice farmer, a woman who lost her leg now raising pigs, a man who lost an eye who is now a blacksmith, and others.--Kanopy
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director/Producer: Alison McMahan
Date time place
Originally produced by Galloping Films in 2010
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Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
52
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  • Parti communiste du Kampuchea
  • Party of Democratic Kampuchea
  • Refugees
  • Amputees
  • Cambodia
Technique
live action
Label
Bare hands and wooden limbs
Link
http://austinpl.kanopystreaming.com/node/74524
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1074523
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, 52 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1074523
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897768916
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Bare hands and wooden limbs
Link
http://austinpl.kanopystreaming.com/node/74524
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1074523
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, 52 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1074523
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897768916
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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