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Heng lives with his close-knit, deeply Buddhist family in rural Cambodia, who work hard struggling as farmers. At six, he lost both his arms in a landmine explosion. Now, as a teenager hanging with the wrong crowd and with no future at the farm, his mother sends him to his older brother, Chana, who makes romantic music videos in the bustling city of Phnom Penh. Here, with a bossy brother, amid a So-Me, “wanna-be” culture, Heng must make it. 

A film about a family living with the consequences of a war that ended decades ago.  


Production and distribution

Production Year:
2023
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2023-02-20
Production company:
Ten Thousand Images
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Producer:
Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas
Film consultant:
Helle Hansen

Director

  • Zaradasht Ahmed

    Director & DOP Zaradasht Ahmed (b. 1968) is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker, born and raised in northern Iraq. He has made several award-winning documentaries and has extensive experience in documentary filmmaking in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. 

    His film, Nowhere to Hide, premiered at IDFA in 2016 The film follows the medic and father Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change after the American retreat from Iraq in 2011. While filming stories of survivors, he finds himself trapped between ISIS and the different Iraqi Militias. 

    Nowhere to Hide has screened at numerous international film festivals and has received twenty awards, including Best Feature Length Documentary at IDFA, Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival New York and the National Film Award Amanda for Best Documentary. 


    Zaradasht Ahmed

Crew

Director:
Zaradasht Ahmed

Technical information

Colour:
Colour
Length in min's:
90'
Subtitles:
English

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