Coat of Arms’ Jonathan Lacocque, Clara Lehmann, Dave Kaduk, and John Long proudly announce the completion of the award-winning documentary, A Perfect Soldier. Directed by John Severson, Lacocque edited and produced the documentary, Lehmann wrote the script, Kaduk performed the sound design and mixing, and Long edited and designed the trailer. The documentary, featured in Reel Chicago, screened at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center on April 30, 2011. It is available for purchase on the A Perfect Soldier website or at the Cinema Guild for educational and theater showings.
The world premiere of the film took place at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California, where it was selected for extended screening based upon audience approval. Since the premiere, the film has been screened internationally, including in Siem Reap, Cambodia where Aki Ra resides.
Cinequest’s film programer Charlie Cockey summarized the film nicely. “The Cambodian killing fields, once Khmer Rouge genocidal abattoirs, are still mine-strewn disasters waiting to explode. Aki Ra is determined not to let that happen.
In Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, Aki Ra was one of thousands of young children stolen from their families and turned into killing machines. Living with the horrors of his past and armed only with a stick and a kitchen knife, he has cleared over 50,000 land mines, while teaching others his craft. A quiet hero, working alone in obscurity, he has undoubtedly saved as many lives as he was forced to take.
His life lived in atonement, the man is a quiet hero who carries an amazing amount of sadness with dignity, hope and belief that he can help make things better.”