Filmmaker Daron Ker's story leads back to Cambodia
His 'Rice Field of Dreams' has helped touch off a new engagement with the country that his family once fled, including hopes for a film school.
Filmmaker Daron Ker's earliest childhood remembrances come from the three torturous years he spent in a malaria-ridden concentration camp in the center of Cambodia's killing fields.
His next, more pleasant memories are of watching movies projected on a tattered bedsheet in a refugee camp just across the Thai border.
"The one film that I really loved was 'Spartacus,'" Ker says enthusiastically. "It's weird, because I didn't understand anything. But it was the most powerful thing I had ever seen."
So powerful it fueled a circuitous journey to the United States, through film school and, after a nearly 30-year absence, back to his estranged homeland to direct his first full-length documentary, "Rice Field of Dreams," which has its world premiere locally this week.
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