BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE HARE
A film by Ebba Sinzinger
AT 2010, 90 min
In the year of the hare the Khmer Rouge seized power and reorganized Cambodian society into a perverted egalitarian and agrarian utopia, discarding the concepts of money, property, city, school, hospital, family and childhood. During their reign of only three and a half years, one quarter of the population was killed or perished by violence, starvation or simply untreated illness.
Lucky Dairet saw none of that. He escaped it in his mother’s womb.
Dairet / Tai / Arnaud Betton, 29 years old, was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents. After being raised in Paris by French adoptive parents, whom he has since lost sight of, he now lives in Oslo, but is not at home anywhere. As he puts it bluntly, “No country, no home, no people.” He flies to Vienna, where his biological parents and brothers live, and remains an alien there. He flies to the land of his ancestors, Cambodia, where the traces of its brutal past can be seen and felt all around him, and remains an alien. Finally, he returns to Oslo, where he has always been an alien.
Born in the year of the hare, a documentary and deeply moving road movie, accompanies this serious, charismatic young man who sets out on the most difficult and lonely journey that can be made: the journey to find oneself.
International Premiere: Diagonale 2011
Director and Writer: Ebba Sinzinger
Director of Photography: Robert Winkler
Editing: Oliver Neumann
Sound: Vincent Lucassen
Production: WILDart FILM
Producers: Vincent Lucassen, Ebba Sinzinger
ORF Film/Fernseh- Abkommen, Land Oberösterreich, Filmfonds Wien
Stadtkino Filmverleih (Austria)