Dogora captures the daily routines of the people of Cambodia. It is a street level, non-verbal, documentary, without any explanation. Your imagination must answer any questions you may have.
The film captures the interaction between the people of Cambodia very well with particular attention paid to the children of Cambodia, which proves to be a fascinating subject. The everyday lives of people traveling, sleeping, eating, working and playing are all shown in a natural manner. Sweatshop factories and rubbish dumps are shown, giving a reminder of the poverty found in Cambodia. However, the obvious images of Angkor Wat and other temples are not present. This is clearly a deliberate decision.
The musical score of Dogora was created by Ã‰tienne Perruchon. The music was scored before the film was shot and served as inspiration for the director to set the scene and add rhythm to the shot. The score is, surprisingly, not traditionally Eastern, and the choirs and classical music it is comprised of can seem a little misfitting at times. The chants used in the recordings are an invention of the composer, which he called â€˜Dogorienneâ€™, this is where Dogora takes its name.
Dogora – Directed by Patrice Leconte; 2004