Cambodian Movies You Should Watch

Most people who have been to Cambodia told me that they fell in love with country and her people. For those who have visited Cambodia for just one time or multiple times and long for some movies about Cambodia, here’s a curated list for you and your nostalgia. Cambodia is a beautiful country with resilient people. Over the past few decades, there have been an amazing number of Khmer movies made in Cambodia. Not surprisingly, more and more films about Cambodia are available.

In addition to books on Cambodia, the greatest way to learn more about a country like Cambodia is by watching Cambodian movies and films. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my list of selections. In my recommendations, you will have a number of choices to quickly decide. These must-watch movies are either available on YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video.

  • movies filmed in Cambodia
  • movies about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia war
  • video documentaries

Are you ready? Let’s get started:

White Building

One of the newest that bring Cambodia to the international stage, White Building is an award-winning film by Kavich Neang, a companion of well-known director Davy Chou.

Cher & the Loneliest Elephant

Directed by Jonathan Finnigan, the documentary tells a story about how a team of vets, trainers, and one iconic diva moved an elephant from a rundown zoo to a wildlife sanctuary.

Asia’s Monarchies: Cambodia

King Sihanouk ‘retired’ in 2004, giving way to his son, Sihamoni – a ballet dancer.

First They Killed My Father

When Netflix launched its business for Cambodia-based users, this movie, based on the acclaimed book by Loung Ung, was the first one to grab the attention of Cambodians worldwide. The film features a story of 5-year-old girl who embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Angelina Jolie is the film director and friend of book author Loung Ung.

Enemies of the People

Thet Sambath has a personal story to tell. In the Enemies of the People, the former Cambodian journalist.

The Missing Picture

Lost Loves

The Killing Fields

Angkor Awakens

The Road to Freedom: Year Zero

Globe Trekker – Cambodia

S21: Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (English Subtitled)

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