Year Zero | 2018 | Texas Premiere

Directed by David Siev
14 min

Sun Jun 3 | 3:40 PM

When the Khmer Rouge regime seized Cambodia in 1975, the country plunged into civil war and was ravaged by mass killings, torture, and famine. The Khmer soldiers were cold and ruthless, fully embodying Pol Pot's philosophy towards the common people: "to kill you is no loss, to keep you is no benefit." Faced with hunger and starvation, two brothers risk everything to ensure their survival, even with the odds stacked against them.

Language Khmer

Country or Origin United States

Genre Narrative Short, Historical Fiction

As the child of a Cambodian refugee, David grew up listening to his father's countless stories of surviving the Cambodian genocide that claimed the lives of at least 2 million people. After graduating from the University of Michigan's film school in 2015, David moved from his rural hometown in Michigan to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for the film industry.  In his heart and mind, he always knew that one day when the time was right, he would have the experience he needed to share his families stories with the rest of the world. Making his directorial debut, David Siev brings to life the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime and the resilience of Cambodian people in this film "Year Zero." 

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