BONNE NUIT PAPA is a film about conciliation, connection and farewell. It documents Marina Kem’s search for her father’s story. A father who was strange to her in two regards; strange because of his Cambodian origins, strange because of his silence. Dr. Ottara Kem never spoke of his Cambodian background. But on his deathbed he expressed his desire to be buried in his homeland Cambodia. For his daughter, it is the beginning of an intense, poetic and conciliate journey. Tracing the footsteps of his life, she immerses herself deeper and deeper into the history of Cambodia’s ideological wars and at the end she finds a new family and reconciles herself with her roots.
“You can only let somebody go, when you are bound to him.”
MARINA KEM trained in Journalism and studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. A founding partner of STERNTAUCHER Filmproduktion, her films include: the documentaries DIE LICHTSEITE DES BEWUSSTSEINS (1999), DER WIND IST AUS LUFT – EIN FILM ÜBER GLÜCKLICHSEIN (2001), AUS ASCHE UND STAUB – DER MONIVONG BOULEVARD (2003), SAFARI IM REICH DER GEISTER – DER PENDJARI NATIONALPARK IN BENIN (2005), and BONNE NUIT PAPA (2014), as well as numerous short films and corporate image films.