Eng Suon and filmmaker son Guillaume Suon aboard a boat on their return to Cambodia during the shoot of Suon's "The Taste of Secrets," which had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival
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French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon grew up haunted by the ghosts of his mother's past.Suon's film examines the notion of how survivors of genocide and their families deal with memories.Eng had escaped to a Thai refugee camp by the end of the 1970s, but family members traveling with her were killed along the way.In some of the film's more poignant scenes, we see Eng cooking at home in the south of France and reflecting, quietly, on how close she feels to her lost family when she uses recipes that have been passed down through the generations.In the end she returns to Cambodia and, finally, talks more about her past.Suon has previously won acclaim for "The Storm Makers," his look at the issue of human trafficking in Cambodia. He previously worked under the mentorship of Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh ("The Missing Picture"), also a survivor of the Khmer Rouge and the driving force behind the country's Bophana film archive, while he champions the cause of young Cambodian filmmakers.
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