Rain Falls from Earth: Surviving Cambodia’s Darkest Hour is a 2009 Documenrary directed by Steve McClure releasing on May 30th in the United States.Rain Falls from Earth is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of eventual triumph over the Communist regime that was responsible for the deaths of over 2 million people. The voices of many Cambodians are heard as they convey their thoughts, ideas and emotions—the very things they were forced to abandon in the “killing fields” of Cambodia. Their memoirs are an eyewitness account to genocide.
Tain Falls from Earth is About:
“If the Khmer Rouge told you that rain falls from the earth, not from the sky,you agreed, or you’d be killed for being an intellectual”On April 17, 1975, the face of Cambodia would be forever changed. As Khmer Rouge soldiers marched into the capital city of Phnom Penh, the unsuspecting people of Cambodia had little idea they would be forced into a living nightmare that would last nearly four years.Rain Falls from Earthis a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of eventual triumph over the Communist regime that was responsible for the deaths of over 2 million people. The voices of many Cambodians are heard as they convey their thoughts, ideas and emotions—the very things they were forced to abandon in the “killing fields” of Cambodia. Their memoirs are an eyewitness account to genocide.The film features exclusive, personal interviews with Cambodian holocaust survivors, as well as with former Khmer Rouge soldiers…some of whom are speaking out about the past events for the first time in almost 30 years.The story is told through the hearts, memories and tears of the survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime. From the chaos of mass evacuations, where Thidaremembers hearing her father say “if we leave this house, I don’t think we’ll ever return”….to forced labor and mass starvation, where Sophie recalls seeing “a lot of people starving to death, screaming until they don’t scream anymore.”…to the inevitable feeling of hopelessness and despair, where Moniriththought, “If I’m gonna die, at least I’ll die with my family in the same grave”…. ….this film gives a voice to those whose lives were senselessly lost. It is a story that must be told. It is a story that willbe told…
The Production Team:
Steve McClure –Writer/Director
17 years experience in the television and film industry. Credits include StarzEntertainment Group, E! Entertainment Television & Sony PicturesEntertainment. Writer/Producer, The Michelangelo Story, a documentary distributed nationally by Service Merchandise. Numerous industry awards for cable television promotion.Co-founder, Ghost-2-Eleven Entertainment.
Kyle Kruger –Producer
10 years experience in the film and television production arenas, most recently serving as Associate Producer with EMG, an independent studio entity, headed by 2-time Academy Award winning Producer John Daly (Platoon, The Last Emperor, The Terminator, Hoosiers). Experience includes production, marketing, releasing and homevideo distribution. Key Art Director, Rain Falls from Earth. Co-founder, Ghost-2-Eleven Entertainment.
Cambodian Holocaust survivor. Member, Cambodian American Resource Agency. Story told in book, To Destroy You is No Loss.
Coy Melnick–Director of Photography
16 years experience in the television and film industry. Creditsinclude NFL Films, ABC, ESPN, Bravo, Discovery Channel & The History Channel. Director of Photography, Living as a Legend: The Damon Bailey Story
Chris Wilson –Director of Photography
Feature films include, A Christmas Too Many, The Drop and Seance. Television credits
include The Learning Channel, E! Entertainment Television, The Food Network, PBS,
Sony Pictures Entertainment, New Line Cinema & Columbia Pictures.
Owner/Editor, Illusion Films. 12 time national award winner forediting, including the Crystal Reel Awards: Best Editing for a Short Film, Filthy
Chris Piorkowski –Composer Owner, Belle Music Film Trax, LLC. Credits include Compaq Europe, Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen & Hilton Hotels. Extensive training at Berlin Music College, Audio Institute ofAmerica and Music for the Media in London, England.
Who were the Khmer Rouge?
Khmer Rouge literally means “Red Cambodian” and is the name of the communist guerilla movement which came to power in 1970s Cambodia.
On April 17th, 1975, after years of fighting a brutal civil war, Khmer Rouge soldiers marched into the capital city of Phnom Penh and declared the dayas “Year Zero”. Their goal, under leader PolPot, was to delete the past and restart the clock—to eradicate the entire capitalist society.
In an instant, entire cities were evacuated as the Khmer Rouge imposed a forced return to the land. Human life became expendable and rice production was the number one importance under PolPot’s plan to turn Cambodia into a self-sufficient land of farmers. Cambodians were forced to work 12-14 hour days in the fields, rewarded only with a small amount of food to eat each day. Disease and malnutrition flourished as the country literally starved to death.
Mass murder spread as the educated, including doctors, lawyers, teachers and students were sought out and killed for their ability to “think”. Even wearing eyeglasses could mean death because the Khmer Rouge thought that glasses represented education.
To date, not one Khmer Rouge official has been held accountable for the deaths of over two million Cambodian people. PolPot died in 1998, saying his “conscience was clear.” Currently, plans are underway for a United Nations-backed tribunal, in hopes of finally bringing to justice former Khmer Rouge leaders.
Where is Columbia?
- Location: Southeast Asia, between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos
- Full Country Name: Kingdom of Cambodia
- Capital: Phnom Penh
- Area: 181,035 sq km
- Area Comparative: slightly smaller than Oklahoma
- Population: 13.12 million
- People: 94% ethnic Khmers, 4% Chinese, 1% Vietnamese
- Language: Khmer, English, French
- Religion: 95% Buddhist, ChamMuslim and Roman Catholic
- Government: multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy
- Head of State: King NorodomSihamoni
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Hun Sen
- Major Industries: Timber, rubber, rice milling, textiles, fishing
- Natural Resources: Timber, gemstones, manganese, phosphates
George Santayana once said, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The Nazi Holocaust, Rwanda, East Timor and, most recently, the September 11thattacks, were all spurred by acts of hatred. Sadly, people are still needlessly killing people, unable to learn fromthe mistakes of the past. As the world continues to bare witness to genocide and barbaric acts of terrorism, today’s children are growing up surrounded by hatred and war. The goal of this film is to educate and inform so that these horrific events are finally put to an end. The more knowledge people have of extreme intolerance, the more fervent their convictions to end bigotry and violence for futuregenerations.
Directed by: Steve McClure
Writers: Steve McClure Writer
Kyle Kruger … producer
Steve McClure … executive producer
Dr. Gregory Stanton … associate producer
- Sam Waterston … Himself (voice)
- Em Chem … Herself
- Monirith Chhea … Himself
- Vollevann Kaylor … Herself
- Sandy Kelley … (voice)
- Savann Kunneke … (voice)
- Tony LaHood … (voice)
- Preak Line … Herself
- Thida Mam … Herself
- Sinuon Mey … (voice)
- Vann Nath … Himself
- Blaine Parker … (voice)
- Bunhap Prak … Himself
- Yim Saing … Himself
- Yieu Sann … Himself
- Ek Son … Himself
- Sophie Stagg … Herself
- Jen Sweeney … (voice)
- Em Theay … Herself
- Phylypo Tum … (voice)
- Cham Yean … Herself
Barbara Donelan … graphic designer
Mark Hunt … graphic designer
Brian Kintz … graphic designer
Chad Suiter … key art assistant
Kathy Valladares … graphic designer
David M. Cary … audio designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Kass … additional camera operator
Steve McClure … additional camera operator
Doug Mendel … still photographer
Roland Neveu … still photographer
Kelly Anderson … finishing editor
Emily Oates … assistant editor