Rebuilding the Temple (1991)

In the 1970's, one out of every seven Cambodians died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerilla army. The Khmer Rouge tried to annihilate everything Cambodians believed in: the family, dance, music, and their Buddhist religion. Facing death and devastation, 150,000 Cambodians fled to America. This one -hour documentary examines the refugees' efforts to adjust to Western life, and the significant role played by the Buddhist culture in this difficult process.

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Gold Apple, National Educational Film FestivalChicago International Film FestivalCINE Golden Eagle Asian American Film Festival


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Claudia Levin, Lawrence R. Hott, the distributor Direct Cinema LTD, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Claudia Levin, Lawrence R. Hott
  • Produced by: A production of Florentine Films ; Associate producer: Diane Garey
  • Cinematographer: Buddy Squires, Bruce Jacoby, Allen Moore
  • Editor: Sharon Sachs
  • Other Credits: Narrator: Linda HuntMusic: Richard Einhorn
  • Funding: Major funding provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities and the State Humanities Councils of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, Texas, Oregon, and Maryland. The Boston Globe Foundation.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1991, Claudia Levin and Lawrence R. Hott
  • 57 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Asian American CultureCustomsEthnic & Immigrant CulturesFestivals/CustomsReligion