“Funan” is a stunning piece of animation in which the beauty of the visuals and the horror of the situation are inextricably intertwined.
Directed by Denis Do and based on his mother’s experiences in Cambodia before he was born, “Funan” won the top prize at the Annecy international festival in Paris, the equivalent of the best picture Oscar for animation.
The depredations of the Khmer Rouge in that country have inspired films before, most prominently Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” but also searing documentaries “The Missing Picture” and “S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine” from director Rithy Pran.
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