Cambodia was a spot on the map to me, involved with Viet Nam in some foggy way, and accompanied by some dim recollections of headlines from my childhood. This movie brings it into sharp, painfully understandable focus. Movies that portray the consequences of our actions in distant places are needed here, regardless of the political spin on the portrayal. They encourage self-examination, and also remind us how good we have it even when things seem hopelessly screwed up in their local context. This particular movie goes a step beyond that as well, and evokes the simultaneous terror and beauty that can fill our experience of the world with such wonderful power.