Cambodia featured in award-winning documentary

Writer: Vong Phal Solysa

Rebecca Rusch in "Blood Road".

22 Jun – Recently released on June 20, the award-winning documentary "Blood Road" features Cambodia as one of its main filming locations.

The documentary follows the journey of mountain bike champion Rebecca Rusch riding the 1,800 kilometres of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Trail, in search of the place where her father crashed and died during the Vietnam War.

"Sharing this film is more than another expedition for me, it's my opportunity to tell my father's story and make a difference in his honor," said Rebecca Rusch in an interview with PR Newswire.

The film examines not only the trail across Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia but also the scars left on the land and people of Southeast Asia by the war.

This emotional journey took place in 2015 when she pedaled 1,800 kilometres of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the hope of finding the crash site of her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot who was shot down during the war.

"My journey down the Ho Chi Minh Trail changed me in more ways than I ever could have imagined. My hope is that by following along with my family's story, others can find their own path toward forgiveness and acceptance, as I did on the trail," she continued.

Rusch is joined by Vietnamese biking champion Huyen Nguyen and they travel together through the dense jungles of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

What's more interesting is that director Nicholas Schrunk pedaled through the jungle with the two world-class athletes while the filming of the documentary was taking place.

However, he is nowhere seen or mentioned in the film. Instead he created an artistic documentary that focuses solely on the story of Rusch, Nguyen and their mission.

The film won the Audience Award at Sun Valley Film Festival and "Best of Fest" at Bentonville Film Festival.

Cinema Online, 22 June 2017

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