1980 | Stop-Motion Animation | Video | Sound | 14:54 Min | 2014
Over a decade beginning in 1970, many landmines were placed in Cambodia by political regimes, like the Khmer Rouge, as well as by Vietnam and countries in the west. After the Khmer Rouge had collapsed in 1979 and with Vietnamese control over Cambodia, many escaped to refugee camps in Thailand or along the Thai-Cambodian border in 1980. My mother’s story takes place near that border where other countries had variously placed landmines to prevent the Vietnamese crossing over into Thailand. From the war and this border camp not fully supported by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), food and supplies rationed, which left some refugees still hungry. So in order to obtain more food, here, the story begins with my mother walking towards and into the forest to pick some vegetable leaves.