November 11th 2018 01:00 PM - November 11th 2018 03:00 PM

Surviving Bokator - Hamilton Film Festival

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526 Concession Street, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Surviving Bokator - Hamilton Film Festival

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SURVIVING BOKATOR, 91m, Hamilton, Mark Bochsler

What started as a genocide survivor’s dream to revive an ancient sport becomes an inspiring mission to heal a nation.

Surviving Bokator is a heartfelt story about reclaiming cultural identity and building bridges between generations. Filmed over 5 years, it is told through the struggle of an elder genocide survivor to resurrect the ancient Cambodian martial art of Bokator and preserve it in the nation’s youth. Through their journey, the film gets to the very core of the generational fracture happening in Cambodian communities around the world today, between genocide survivors determined to revive and maintain traditional ways and Cambodia’s youth looking to forge anew.

 

Mark Bochsler is an achieved Canadian cameraman and photographer, turned filmmaker. During his 25-year career, his work has been screened internationally at festivals including Cannes (2010, At Home By Myself… with You), and television (ARTE, Animal Planet, Discovery, CBC). He was also nominated for a CSA / Gemini Award (Fatal Deception, CBC, 2013).

Mark is a visual artist and storyteller fuelled by a passion to explore diversity and points of view through real human stories. He believes that stories about the human journey are the fabric of our time, and sharing them can bring much needed empathy to today’s fractured world.

 

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