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Monday, October 15, 2012

Cambodian leader Norodom Sihanouk Dies At 89

Norodom Sihanouk, who lead Cambodia on-and-off between 1941 and 2004, has died

Remarkably adaptable to changes in the political climate, he ruled Cambodia under multiple guises: King, Prime Minister, Head of State for Life, figurehead for the Communist revolution, leader in exile, and, once again, King. He was instrumental in gaining Cambodia independence from France, negotiating a peaceful end to colonial rule prior to the 1954 Geneva Peace Conference.

Southeast Asia expert Michael Leifer, quoted in the New York Times obituary, states that “the powerful myth of Sihanouk contributed to the people of Cambodia and the international community", calling him a "font of national unity."

Our title THE NINE LIVES OF NORODOM SIHANOUK chronicles his complex life story, and with it, the history of modern Cambodia. Called "a historical and geopolitical lesson" by Télérama, the film traces one of the most fascinating stories of the 20th century. 

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