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What are some common themes of Chinese Cambodian movies?

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Major themes of Chinese Cambodian movies include Khmer legends, as seen in "Pos Keng Kang" (The Snake King's Wife), and the terror and hardships endured by Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge and during the Cambodian Genocide. The film “L’Image Manquante” (The Kissing Oicture) illustrates this theme.

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The film's title reflects that there are few surviving photographs from this era, and filmmaker Rithy Panh underscores his story with painted ceramic figures of people and diorama to underscore this point. In “S-21: La Machine de Mort de Khmère Rouge” (S-21: The Death Machine of the Khmher Rouge), Panh brings survivors of a Khmer Rouge’s prison camp back to the camp’s location to confront their captors, who seem to insulate themselves from any responsibility for the atrocities they committed.

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