Under the regime of Khmer Rouge led by the Communist Party of Cambodia, 1.5 to 3 million people died abnormally nationwide from 1975 to the beginning of 1979, accounting for about a quarter of the country’s population at that time, among whom about 200,000 were of Chinese origin. The turmoil in Southeast Asia in the 75s led to the influx of refugees into Europe, and according to statistics, France alone received 150,000 refugees, among whom about a half were of Chinese origin. Today, about 3 million overseas Chinese live in Europe.
During the reign of the Khmer Rouge, the whole country was blocked, leaving very few images. As a result, we constructed a collective imagination of the lost history based on two extreme narrations—the propaganda videos during the Khmer Rouge period and the disaster videos spread in the world after the fall of the regime, making history become a virtual reality in imagination.
The narration starts with the memory of an old Chinese who experienced the tragedy, the real-time simulation and making of the 3D shows this process of reconstruction of memory, which becomes a subjective imagination and continues to produce the present. The contrast between the archive footage and the 3d reconstruction shows the role of the medium itself in telling a story and how the medium interweaves with our memory and history in documenting human conditions and traumas.