Funan is one of the most important animated films I’ve ever seen. From writer/director Denis Do, making his feature film debut, comes a true-to-life story about the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1975 and how it upended the lives of a Cambodian family, just one among many.
Suffering exile, separation from their family members, and their grueling new reality in the work camps, a young woman named Chou will risk everything to reunite her family, no matter the cost. You can get an idea of what Funan is about by watching the trailer here. The tale itself would be powerful enough simply as a history lesson about the atrocities carried out by the Khmer Rouge but it becomes even more meaningful thanks to Do’s personal connection to the story.