Cambodia’s Ancient Sport Revived In “Surviving Bokator” | Entertainment – California News

Cambodia’s Ancient Sport Revived In “Surviving Bokator” | Entertainment – California News



Tharoth Sam, Cambodia’s first female MMA fighter, stars in “Bokator.”



Started in 2010, film director Mark Bochsler embarked on a seven-year journey to not only capture personal stories in Cambodia, but also the unwavering spirit of a country fighting to preserve its culture.

While on a working trip through Southeast Asia, Bochsler discovered the ancient sport of Bokator, a form of Cambodian martial arts. With further research, Bochsler learned of grandmaster San Kim Sean, often referred to as the father of modern Bokator, who is largely credited with reviving the sport. Sean, a Cambodia genocide survivor, was on a mission to rescue Bokator from extinction.

After several years in exile, Sean had returned to Cambodia in hopes of teaching Bokator, only to discover that the sport was unfamiliar with young Cambodians. In hopes of resurrecting Bokator and inspiring a new generation of martial artists, Sean would work alongside Bochsler to create the 85-minute documentary film.

“I had no plans…

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