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The name of the followers of Pol Pot’s Communist Party of Kampuchea, the totalitarian political machine that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979
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The Khmer Rouge appropriated the tradition of parents arranging marriages, telling respondents, "[Y]ou betray the nation because the Angkar is like your parent, if your parents order you to do something you have to follow their advice, otherwise you will be punished.
The Angkar called groups of people to attend ceremonies (interviewees reported groups of between twenty and one hundred), and the couples stood in lines, the women on one side and the men on the other.
One woman said: "I didn't sleep with [my new husband] because I was angry with the Angkar because the Angkar didn't ask my parents and my parents didn't get to come to the ceremony.
Angkar became the rallying cry, the central organizing concept, and the justification for a new Democratic Kampuchea.
Consequently, as the 'dad-mom' of the people, Angkar was conceived as having 'true' knowledge and authority.
Aside from an omniscient, omnipresent Angkar, self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-referential, the Khmer Rouge failed to articulate clearly the objectives of the revolution or the contours of a new Democratic Kampuchea.
34) But Angkar did not stop there, and this process rapidly spread to include anyone whose loyalty might be suspect for any reason.
45) Others do not seem perturbed, as if Angkar has fooled them with the characteristic Khmer Rouge trick of reeducation, or as French priest Francois Ponchaud observed, inviting "ideas on how to make the new society better".
A revealing document about the unreconciled trauma haunting Cambodians today, Angkar is also a personal and poetic piece in the shape of a conversation between the 36-year-old filmmaker and her father.
In turn, Hay decided to create an Angkar of her own.
As Angkar begins its trek on the festival circuit after its world premiere in Rotterdam, Hay has already begun writing her next film.
It seems to me that this 'imperial metaphor' (118) nicely mirrors the relationship between Angkar and the natural world.