I Dreamed About Pol Pot
Julia Stanislawska & Michael Krotkiewski (2009)
Gunnar Bergström visited Cambodia in August 1978. It was then called Democratic Kampuchea and had become one of the most terror filled and destructive regimes of the 20th century. As chairman of the Swedish-Kampuchean friendship association, Gunnar and three other Swedes were there as ‘eye witnesses’, especially invited to show the world that Pol Pot’s vision of the perfect society was true, and to belie all reports seeping out of refugee camps.
When the group returned to Europe they continued to promote the agenda. In national television as well as in printed media they continued to deny refugees’ stories of persecution, torture and genocide. After thirty years, Gunnar returns to Cambodia, to find a country dealing with the aftermath of genocide. During the course of his journey he is facing the human implications of what happened, and thereby examines his own role in the terror.
Info & Credits
Forum för levande historia
Original music by
Giovanni Dario Manzini
Festivals in selection
IDFA, Amsterdam, 2009
TEMPO, Stockholm, 2009
Telluride film festival, Colorado, 2009
Moscow International Bookfest, Moscow, 2009