After a full day of getting footage organized, repairing equipment, and co-ordinating the next trip we prepared for the second trip to Anlong Veng in the same week. This time we would be bringing along two survivors of Khmer Rouge labor camps who were courageous enough to confront their former leader in the previous Khmer Rouge stronghold of Anlong Veng.
Lavalier microphone stopped working but managed to find two replacement microphones and just as I was heading out of town, we found someone to fix the original microphone…took ten minutes and cost $2.00.
Picked up our two brave characters at the bus stop and were in Anlong Veng by lunchtime to relax and prepare to confront their former leader. The rest of the afternoon was filled with tense moments of uncertainty and unexpected gestures and emotions of compassion. Although I had major second thoughts about setting all this up when we first arrived, things could not have worked out better for the individuals and the film combined.
Spent the following day visiting Pol Pot’s grave, Ta Mok’s house, and filming some other Anlong Veng broll. Was back in Siem Reap by early afternoon to put in my last visit to Aki Ra’s landmine museum before heading to Phnom Penh the following morning.