The Forgotten Temple of Banteay Chhmar

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Culture Documentary hosted by Wolfgang Luck, published by DW in 2020 - English narration

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Deep in the jungle of Cambodia lies a jewel from the Khmer Empire: the temple of Banteay Chhmar. Half devoured by plants and long forgotten by most people, the 800-year-old complex is slowly being rediscovered. The village community of Banteay Chhmar is taking charge. Far from the well-trodden tourist trails, the rice farmers of this small village are trying an experiment unknown in Cambodia: with almost no outside help, they are fighting to preserve and restore their temple using nothing but their own strength. The filmmakers meet a young couple, Sreymom and Sopeng, who are enthusiastically involved in the village's project. For them, the temple is a sacred place, and they teach their two young daughters to respect Buddha. Sreymom does not want to confine herself to the role of housewife and mother: she has professional ambitions, and applies for a job as teacher at the village school. Her husband, Sopeng, is a rice farmer and works part-time as a temple guide for the few travelers who visit the village. There is a lot to discover, including ornate Khmer reliefs documenting daily life in the ancient civilization, eerie temple tunnels and larger-than-life faces carved into towers that rivall those at the world-famous Angkor Thom. The village's annual cultural highlight is Bon Om Tuk, the water festival, traditionally held on the water surrounding the temple.

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  • Video Codec: x265 CABAC Main@L4
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 23 (~3059Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps CVBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 42 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 969 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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