"CAMBODGE, PSYCHANALYSE D'UNE NATION"
Un documentaire de Séverine Bardon

Au Cambodge, les procès des anciens dirigeants Khmers Rouges ont ravivé une mémoire que beaucoup avaient dissimulée au plus profond de leur conscience. 30 ans après la chute du régime de Pol Pot, près d'un tiers des Cambodgiens souffrent encore d'un syndrome de stress post-traumatique.
Un homme tente de libérer ces paroles enfouies, dans l'espoir qu'elles apaiseront les traumatismes de la guerre. Dans son cabinet de Phnom Penh, le professeur Ka Sunbaunat, premier médecin du pays formé à la psychanalyse occidentale, reçoit indifféremment les anciens Khmers rouges et leurs victimes.
En suivant le professeur Ka dans les services psychiatriques des hôpitaux jusqu'aux villages les plus reculés du pays, ce documentaire conçu comme un "road movie" psychologique, révélera l'ampleur insoupçonnée des traumatismes du Cambodge contemporain. En s'intéressant à la reconstruction des individus, il posera la question de la renaissance d'une nation après un génocide.

"CAMBODIA, PSYCHOANALYSIS OF A NATION"
A documentary by Séverine Bardon

In Cambodia, the trials of Khmer Rouge leaders revived memories many had hidden deep into their mind. Thirty years after the fall of Pol Pot’s regime, one third of the Cambodian population still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. During the trials, testimonies by victims, witnesses and even former Khmer Rouge, revealed that the whole nation remained traumatized.
But Khmer society considers psychological troubles as weaknesses, sometimes even as a sign of demoniac possession. Ashamed, fearing retaliations or in order to forget what they did, former Khmer Rouge remain silent. Victims still find it hard to talk about what they went through.
One man works on freeing the speech to relieve the trauma: Professor Ka Sunbaunat is the first Khmer doctor trained in Western psychoanalysis. In his private practice in Phnom Penh, he treats both the victims and the torturers.
Following Pr. Ka in the country’s psychiatric wards, and during his trips in the rural areas, where victims and former Khmer Rouge still live side by side, this documentary, built as a psychological road movie, will reveal the unsuspected scale of Cambodia’s trauma, and question a nation’s recovery after a fratricidal genocide.

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