Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Features the temple of Angkor Wat and the city of Angkor Thom, ruins from the lost Khmer Empire, located in present-day Cambodia. Narration provides a brief historical overview of the Khmer Empire. Footage opens with aerial scenes of the Mekong Delta and Tonlé Sap River. Footage of Angkor Wat opens with scenes of the "Gate of Death," an entrance into the temples, guarded by fifty-four statues of gods. The portal building is then shown, including the main tower and the façade. Scenes near the portal building include a sculpture of a seven-headed serpent; a group of young Buddhist monks walking through the complex; and an ''elephant-dismount" platform. The footage then focuses on the main temple complex, with its five towers. Scenes include the inner courtyard of the library; the main tower and its steep thirty-eight-step staircase; the apsara "dancing girl" reliefs; Garuda and elephant reliefs on the temple walls; the Lion of Angkor statue; the seated statue of the Lepore King; various other architectural details; and an area where destructive roots of trees have destroyed the temple walls. The broadcast then focuses on the Buddhist Temple of Bayon in Angkor Thom, showing scenes of its forty-nine towers, each with carvings of four faces of Siva. Parts of the mile-long Wall of Life relief are also featured in the broadcast. Footage of the Prambanan temple compound in Java is shown, highlighting its similarities to the Angkor temples, particularly in its own Wall of Life. The broadcast concludes with scenes of a real-life apsaras participating in a classical Khmer dance, with musical accompaniment and traditional costumes.
Courtesy of Halla LInker
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746