When the Sea Sends Forth a Forest / 直到海里长出森林

(Documentary, France, 2020, 21’, BW, En ST)

by Guangli Liu

When the Sea Sends Forth a Forest


Through a 3D virtual universe simulated by a game engine intertwined with historical pictures, a lost moment of history can be experienced. The story revolves around the memory of a Chinese survivor of the Khmer Rouge. This tragedy, which took the lives of 2 million people, continues to reshape the present in virtue of today’s narration.


“An encounter with a forgotten community in Chinese history was the starting point of this project. Over time, I gradually established an image of French Indochina in the 1970s. It isn’t about judging history through the mixture of 3D and archive, but to provide a space in which the past can seek to become present again.” Guangli Liu

Film Author :

Guangli Liu
Guangli Liu

Guangli Liu was born in 1990 in Lengshuijiang, China. He currently lives and works in Paris. Passionate about image-making, he has developed an art practice around painting, video art, 3D animation, and virtual reality. Guangli Liu graduated from Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in 2020.

Other movies: Competition Prix Sauvage Corto

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