With Dr. Beat "Beatocello" Richner

A Film Produced and directed by
Georges Gachot
Production Year 1996
Length 61 min., color
Format, Digital Betacam, 16/9
Version: English, German, Swiss German, French, Italian
Shooted in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

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In the midst of the Cambodian countryside, not far from Phnom Penh's a pagoda, from which one can hear the sound of a cello playing music by J.S.Bach. The "culture shock" of hearing such eminently European music in such an unmistakably Asian setting is all the greater when it turns out that the performer is a Swiss pediatrician, Beat Richner, a man who has given up everything in order to care for Cambodia's sick children. Alone with his cello in this place of worship in the depths of Asia, Dr. Richner addresses an appeal to the entire world. Cambodia needs help. Since 1991 he has built two hospitals, and each day these are able to assist thousands of destitute children. This encounter with an unusual physician who uses his musical gifts to collect money for his own humanitarian projects, is also an opportunity for discovering the Cambodia of today, a nation that is once again trying to raise its head, with some difficulty.
"Bach at the Pagoda" ist ein Dokumentarfilm über den bekannten Schweizer Kinderarzt Dr. Beat Richner und die von ihm aufgebauten Kinderkrankenhäuser "Kantha Bopha I & II" in Kambodscha. Der Film gibt einen bewegenden Einblick in das Schaffen Beat Richners dem die Musik von Johann S. Bach als Inspirationsquelle dient. Er zeichnet auch ein Bild davon, wie es heute im Land der Khmer nach 30 Jahren Krieg und Isolation wirklich ausschaut.

"Bach at the Pagoda" est un film documentaire sur le pédiatre suisse Beat Richner et ces deux hôpitaux "Kantha Bopha I & II" au Cambodge. Il nous fait découvrir l'oeuvre humanitaire du médecin et sont rapport à la musique de Jean Sébastien Bach qu'il utilise comme source d'inspiration. Le film largement illustré d'images du Cambodge, nous permettra également de comprendre sa situation actuelle et comment, après 30 ans de guerre et d'isolement, le pays des Khmers tente de redresser la tête.

Broadcasted on Television
ZDF, 9.10.97
TSR, 6.1.1998
"24 hours Bach"
SF DRS, 25.12.1997
TSI, 27.10.1997
Danemark TV
ORF 18.5.1998
La cinquième
SVT 1 (Sweeden)
Media Park , Spain
3 Sat, 26.12.1997
Taiwan, Tzu chi tv
Festivals & Cinema
Jerusalem, cinémathèque 28 April 2007
Phnom Penh, Southeast Asian Biennal Film Festival, March '97
Gstaad, Film Festival Cinémusic, '98
Nyon, Visions du Reel '98, Festival international du cinéma documentaire, section "Market screenings"
San Remo (Italie), Music & Film Fest
Santa Barbara, CA (California, USA), Santa Barbara Film Festival, March 1999
Wine Country film festival (US), August 1, 1999

Music cue sheet

Special thanks
Produced & Directed by Georges Gachot
Dirtector of photograpy David Gopsill
Sound & music recording Dieter Meyer
Editor Ruth Schläpfer
Sound mix, Postproduction Digiton, Jürg von Allmen
Studio Masé, Denis Séchaud
On-line editor Cédric Rossel
German translation Marlise Gachot
French translation Henri-Daniel Wibaut
speakers: Nicolas Rinuy / François Germond /Ludwig Schütze
Music producer Musikvertrieb AG Zürich
Christoph Lehmann
Translator Bun yay Kounkor
Electrician So Sokhom
Logistic Chek sopheap
Engineer Van Narith
Suite Nr.1, Préludium & Menuet
Suite Nr.2, Preludium & Sarabande
Suite Nr.3, Allemande
Suite Nr.5, Sarabande
"Doctor PC"
"Das Lied vom Tröpfli"
KOL NIDREY, Jewish melody
Dr. med. Peter Studer
Laurent Gross
Dr. med. Denis Laurent
All the staff of Kantha Bopha I & II
Rose-Marie Schneider
Simone Schneider
Swissair, Ms. Regula Laux
Actua films, Geneva


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