Director Rithy Panh reveals the never-ending struggle of Cambodia's rice-paddy farmers in this powerful story of loss and survival. Poeuv and Om fight everything from cobras to floods to disease to grow a successful rice crop. When Poeuv dies from an infection caused by stepping on a thorn while plowing, Om must forge on to take care of her seven daughters. Adding to her troubles is the Old World attitude that her daughters are financial burdens-not the assets that sons would be. Panh's dynamic camerawork throws us into the midst of the oozing mud of the paddies, which are so tightly linked to the life and death struggle of the rice people.