The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


From GKIDS—the studio behind Perfect Blue and The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl—comes Funan, a harrowing animated feature of survival set in 1975 Cambodia. When Chou and her husband Khuon are forced into exile due to the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime and the ensuing revolution, they become separated from their 4-year-old son. As Chou navigates the harsh conditions of the grim work camps, she remains determined to reunite her family—even if it means risking everything.

Winner of the Animation is Film Festival’s Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, Funan is a searing and remarkable debut. French-Cambodian filmmaker Denis Do’s used his family history during the genocide as inspiration for this thrilling story of love, loss, and enduring hope.

Featuring the voice talents of Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers). Presented in French with English subtitles.

“Bittersweet in its totality, Funan is an incredible journey of the human spirit which is not to be missed.” — Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness

“The filmmaker reconstructs the memory of the genocide retold to him by his mother, using synthetic character designs that sometimes recall the stroke of the great Yoshihiro Tatsumi.” — Jordi Costa, El Pais

“A gorgeously animated and elegantly told tale of repressive autocratic rule, arriving at a moment when autocrats are increasingly becoming the fashion worldwide.” — Andy Crump, Paste Magazine