Neary Adeline Hay | France 2021 | 70 Min. | OmeU
Cambodia 1981: After the fall of the Khmer Rouge a woman flees the burning country. A baby in her arms, drugged so that its crying wouldn’t jeopardise her escape, she struggles through the jungle. Repeatedly, she is told to leave her daughter behind to increase her own chances of survival. But that is out of the question.
Forty years later, ESKAPE processes this mother-daughter relationship and intimately works through their shared experiences. Neary Adeline Hay sets off on a journey through her past hoping to learn more about her mother, who has remained silent all these years. “It’s time to taste what you most fear….”
Director: Adeline Neary Hay
Production: Jasmin Basic (La Bête), Fabrizio Polpettini (La Bête)
Co-production: Pierre-André Belin (Batonrouge Productions)
Camera: Philip Skoczkowski, Adeline Neary Hay
Editing: Marylou Vergès
Sound: Gilles Benardeau
Music: Etienne Jaumet
IDFA – Envision Competition
HOT DOCS Festival Canada
Ismailia Film Festival
Neary Adeline Hay is a French-Cambodian filmmaker and artist. She was born in Cambodia in 1981 and studied Applied Arts in Paris. Her first feature documentary ANGKAR, premiere at IFFR Rotterdam 2018, was screened and awarded in many international festivals. ESKAPE is her second feature documentary. Neary is preparing her first feature fiction DUCKS – an initiatory road-trip questioning modern Cambodia. She is also developing a media project with AI researchers: SYNKRETISM, a virtual network and database about Cambodian identity.
Des maux à mots dire (2010, short)
Il était une fois notre enfance (2005, short)