‘Children of Cambodia’ Is Beautiful Cinema With a Natural, Vintage Style

He spent one month in Cambodia working on a documentary, Welcome to Angkar, and discovered that he loved the beautiful country and its people, especially the children.

He’s created a colorful and rich vista of scenery intertwined with the cute faces and legs of kids going about their lives.

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‘Children of Cambodia’ by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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Ancient relics. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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Colorful balloons for sale in town. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

"Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

On the way to school. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

French filmmaker Christophe Hamon explained on his Vimeo page:

I decided to create a video in honor of all children of Cambodia.

Their lives are so unique to that part of the world—and children are always enchanting. Yet underlying, there is no denying layers of hardship, especially if you understand the history of this South East Asian country. Cambodia is still recovering from a brutal civil war that culminated in the genocidal rule of the communist Khmer Rouge (1975–79).

Spear fishing in a creek. "Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Spear fishing in a creek. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Working with the fishing baskets. "Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Working with fishing baskets. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Fishing villages and life. "Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Fishing villages and life. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

“A journey is a door to help us to get outside of our reality” is the quote on Hamon’s page. And that’s what exploring the world can do for you. Luckily for us, Hamon is skilled with a camera and editing software, and is happy to share his art.

For many, Cambodia isn’t the ideal tourist destination, it’s more for the intrepid traveler, someone not afraid of a certain level of risk and discomfort to explore a culture and way of life.

Most people consider a visit to Cambodia while traveling in Thailand and Vietnam. But, Cambodia was once a thriving civilization called Angkor Wat, and became the greatest empire in South East Asia. It built magnificent temples and cities, and those ancient monuments are now the main tourist attractions and pride of the nation.

Temple performers, traditional dance and dress. "Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Temple performers, traditional dance and dress. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Buddhist in the city, "Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Buddhist in the city. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

"Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Heading home. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Nature in the rice fields. "Children of Cambodia," by Chistophe Hamon. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Nature in the rice fields. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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