Rebuilding the Temple (1991)

About the Film

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.

More About This Film


  • Gold Apple, National Educational Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • CINE 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 Hunt; Music: 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
  • 57mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Customs Ethnic & Immigrant Cultures Religion Festivals/Customs Asian American Culture