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The Khmer Rouge regime ruled over Cambodia from 1975 to 1979—a violent cultural genocide in which nearly a quarter of the country's population died at the hands of the Communist Party of Kampuchea. Hundreds of thousands fled seeking refuge, including a mother and her baby. Forty years later, filmmaker Neary Adeline Hay courageously attempts to uncover the past and the epilogue to her own narrative, one that her mother would rather leave behind. From the Cambodian jungle, through the former refugee camps of Thailand and Indonesia, to the asylum-seeker centres in France, Hay revisits her roots in a triptych of spaces: the physical world, her own psyche and her mother's memory. Hay's cinematic style is impressive, gliding from stirring and ominous imagery to graceful and contemplative scenes. Eskape is an unforgettable reminder to many children of immigrants and refugees that the truth is out there to see, but for some, ignorance is bliss. Ravi Srinivasan


  • Director(s)

    • Neary Adeline Hay
  • Producer(s)

    • Jasmin Basic
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Fabrizio Polpettini
  • Writer(s)

    • Neary Adeline Hay
  • Editor(s)

    • Marylou Vergès
  • Cinematography

    • Philip Skoczkowski
    • Neary Adeline Hay
  • Composer

    • Etienne Jaumet
  • Sound

    • Gilles Benardeau
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