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MY KHMER HEART

Australia, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Australian Showcase )

Director: Janine Hosking

A powerful portrait of a remarkable woman described as an Earth Mother who will break bread with the devil to get what she wants'. My Khmer Heart charts the life and work of Australian nurse Geraldine Cox, 'mother' to orphan children in the ever-shifting political landscape of Cambodia. Cox's story weaves a path through labyrinthine Cambodian power struggles, at one moment hilarious at the next unforgettably moving. The film takes its audience on a ride full of humour, strange twists and ultimate triumph.

"The heroine of My Khmer Heart is such an astonishing, unpredictable, indomitable force of nature as to be wholly implausible except for the fact that she exists right there on the screen. Think of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage then add Mother Teresa, Hanoi Jane Fonda and the unsinkabte Molly Brown."—Hollywood Reporter.

This unlikely yet logical successor to The Killing Fields doesn't avoid showing that Cox's activities inside a volatile and unstable Cambodia are often questionable but Cox provides the filmmakers with an unprecedented voice and character through which to observe a densely complex cultural quagmire."— Hollywood Reporter.

Hollywood Discovery Award for Best Documentary.

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