A chorus of eccentric and endearing characters takes us through the rise and fall of an island in the Philippines and its sugarcane industry. Stunning images paint a portrait of a charming place struggling with its past and trying to move into the future.
Nice Hat! is a wildly original, intimate lens on Cambodian culture ( ancient and modern) seen entirely through hats. Yes HATS! It attempts to counteract the many portrayals of Cambodia as either 'seat of disaster' or 'tourist confection' by getting to the more human reality of Khmer culture -- where breathtaking creativity and excruciating tragedy co-exist. The way in is an astounding lineage of caps, crowns, scarves, and head pieces of every description which thread together the last ten centuries with the last ten minutes and tie Cambodia to every corner of the globe. Guiding us into this vision are Cambodians ranging from a renown film director (Rithy Panh,) to a princess, to a young guide nicknamed James Bond -- joined by Cambodians of every stripe who make, sell and wear hats. NICE HAT! is all about unfolding complexity -- by the simplest of means.