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Out of the Poison Tree

DVD

57 minutes
Source: Center for Asian American Media

On the eve of the long-awaited Khmer Rouge trial, an American survivor of the genocide returns to Cambodia hoping to unlock the mystery of her father’s disappearance in 1975. Thida Buth Mam's quest intersects with many silent voices: widows, survivors from remote villages, monks, and even former perpetrators. Her search for the truth stirs up the fractured pieces of one family's nightmare, unearths an unimaginable heartbreak, and ultimately shines light on the complex legacy of the Cambodian Genocide.

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