The Land of the Wandering Souls

The Land of the Wandering Souls, or La terre des âmes errantes, is a 2000 French-Cambodian documentary film directed by Rithy Panh.

The Land of Wandering Souls
Directed byRithy Panh
Produced byCati Couteau
Written byRithy Panh
Music byMarc Marder
CinematographyPrum Mesa
Edited byIsabelle Roudy
Marie-Christine Rougerie
Distributed byINA
Release date
United Kingdom:
August 19, 2000
March 10, 2001
August 11, 2001
October 2, 2001
United States:
August 1, 2002
Running time
100 minutes


The film follows a Cambodian family as they work to dig a trench across Cambodia to lay the country's first optical fiber cable, depicting their hardships.

At one point during their excavation, the workers uncover a killing field, a remnant of the genocidal purges of the Khmer Rouge.


The Land of the Wandering Souls premiered at the 2000 Edinburgh International Film Festival. It went on to screen at around a dozen other film festivals, winning numerous awards, including:

The film was also featured on "Wide Angle", a Public Broadcasting Service television series.[1]


  1. ^ "Land of Wandering Souls". Public Broadcasting Service. 2002-08-01. Retrieved 2007-07-14.

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