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The Dark Night of King-Father’s Soul

October 17, 2010

On a recent visit to the website of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, I found the synopsis of a movie that he never did and probably will not shoot anymore.

As regular readers of this blog will know, King Sihanouk was not only the monarch who led Cambodia into independence in 1953 and turned the country into a relatively modern constitutional monarchy. He was also a prolific film maker.

There is no indication when this two-page-treatment was published or when it was written. On October 14, it was on the Index page of the royal website, which indicates that it was published quite recently. (It had disappeared on October 15…) It is in English, which is very uncommon, as most of His Majesty’s writings are in French.

The treatment is a dark parable that can be read as a comment on the contemporary political situation of Cambodia, that – after the bloody terror regime of the Khmer Rouge, the Vietnamese rule and eventually the period of UNTAC administration that was meant to return the country to the fray of democratic countries – seems now to turn into a One-Party-State not so different from China or Vietnam, where all opposition is eliminated – only that this is much sloppier executed than in the countries mentioned.

Then again, this treatment might be from an earlier period – the look of the document signals Laser printer anno 1990 – and my reading might be completely off.

Who is this Frankenstein monster that rises in the treatment? Who is the “young wife” that gets raped and “turns fast ‘willing'”?

Take a look at this amazing document of late royal despair and depression here.

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