This is the story of a spectacular case of robbery that is changing the art world. An iconic temple statue, looted during the chaos of the Cambodian civil war, turns up in Sotheby’s auction catalogue 40 years later – with a price tag of three million dollars. But New York’s attorneys intervene..
In this investigative thriller, we retrace the route of the statue and show how Sotheby’s tried to rescue the deal with extraordinary legal dodges – like arguing that Cambodia cannot prove it ever owned its own heritage.
Director Wolfgang Luck also managed to interview the Bangkok art dealer behind much of the trade in Khmer art. He admits they didn’t care where the treasures came from. And we show that even respected US museums exhibit stolen art. But this film has a spectacular happy end which sets a precedence for the return of stolen artifacts around the world.
Deep in the jungle of Cambodia, far off beaten tourist trails, lies a jewel from the Khmer period: the Banteay Chhmar temple.More info
In this unprecedented investigation we shadow specialist police units and investigative archaeologists to reveal a vast black market for priceless stolen antiquities.More info
This documentary investigates the clash of principles between these rich museums and source countries. Is art universal and belong to humanity or is it right to return it to its country of origin?More info