Mao Ayuth, Filmmaker Who Survived the Khmer Rouge, Dies at 76

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It might be about one other decade earlier than his second movie was screened, in 1988. That film, “Chet Chong Cham” (“I Need To Bear in mind”), a narrative of survival throughout the earlier a long time of civil struggle and destroy, is instructed in flashbacks inside flashbacks. It, too, proved standard amongst a folks hungry to see scenes from their current previous.

Mr. Mao Ayuth’s hottest movie, “Ne Sat Kror Per” (“The Crocodile”), in 2005, was based mostly loosely on his childhood reminiscences of crocodile hunters, telling the story of a hunt for the legendary Crocodile King.

He was born on July 8, 1944, in Kampong Cham province, within the central lowlands. His father, Males Thoeung, was a commune official. His mom was Tai Sing.

After attending a scriptwriting program within the early Nineteen Sixties, Mr. Mao Ayuth labored at Cambodia’s first tv station, beginning as a manufacturing assistant and rising to information director.

A decade later he went to France with a stipend from the nationwide tv and radio company. Whereas on a trip within the Swiss Alps, he used his hand-cranked digital camera to supply footage that turned a part of “Beth Phnek Hek Troung.” The winter scenes of mountains, ski lifts and vacationers in fur hats have been a thrill for Cambodians, who had by no means seen snow.

He’s survived by his widow, So Samony; 4 daughters, Mao Bophany, Mao Moni Na, Mao Moni Neath and Mao Moni Roath; and one son, Mao Makara.

Mr. Mao Ayuth was appointed secretary of state within the Ministry of Data in 1993. He was additionally president of the Affiliation of Tv Stations of Cambodia.

Solar Narin contributed reporting from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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