rice people (1994)

the life of a farmer is tied to the land he tills and the seeds he sows...

for most in a farmers' life, the hardships endured from the harrowing to the harvesting, in the end, consummates primarily with the amount of harvest left, and equates to the same situation as or worse off than before...

rice people is thick. post-khmer-rouge.
displacement of farmers seeds. collateral lands lost. erosion of local knowledge.

revealing the never-ending struggle of cambodia's rice-paddy farmers in a powerful story of loss and survival, one family, in a span of one cropping season from early land preparation to reaping the harvest, manages to endure the difficulties of living in the rice fields where strong natural elements often off-set the seeming balance in the interdependence between man and nature.

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