Stopped for dinner at Rait’s house (friend of Aki Ra) before arriving in Anlong Veng. Early start the following morning to visit Sokha at her house and a Khmer Rouge photographer who has plans to open an art gallery showcasing his war photos. Took Aki Ra to meet Im Chem at her community hall afterwards. This was the first time the two had ever met and they exchanged many interesting war stories. The rest of the afternoon Tom and I filmed broll of Anlong Veng and Ta Mok’s grave site.
Went deep into the jungle the following morning to film some land mine laying and de-activating scenes. Recruited three young children who gladly and expertly played their roles to perfection. Had a very good interview with a friend of Im Chem’s and filmed some jungle tracking shots before heading back to Siem Reap.
Less than 8 hours after arriving back in Siem Reap, we departed for Traipaing Thmar to revisit the infamous Khmer Rouge irrigation site. Some follow-up interviews with people we spoke with back in March, broll of the lake and surroundings, and an old prison building converted to a community hall.
Found someone to take us out on a boat to the middle of the lake where it is estimated that more than 100,000 people are buried. The lake has become a very popular tourist and vacation site for Cambodians who often know nothing of its history. The lake is not more than 20 feet deep at its deepest point but it stretches on as far as the eye can see. Politely declined the offer to swim and float on an inner tube as many of its visitors do and was very relieved to return to dry land soon after.
Sorry there are not many pictures with this entry but internet is VERY slow today…