2023 | 47′ | Language: Swiss German, Khmer, German, French

Beat Richner’s Legacy

Why a young Swiss doctor has left in his comfortable world in Switzerland to build in 25 year five modern childrens hospitals in Cambodia and what will happen after his death, 2018
2023 | 47′ | Language: Swiss German, Khmer, German, French

World Sales

Director

Georges Gachot

Producer

Gachot Films
Georges Gachot

Partner

Desjardin S.A.S.
Schärer und Schläpfer AG
Bundes Amt für Kultur (BAK)

The staff of the Kantha Bopha hospitals
Generaldirektor, Dr. biol. Denis Laurent

CAST

Annaregula Richner
Peter Spring
Dr. Leaphy Phousithea
Dr. Yay Chantana
Prof. Dr. Ky Santhy
Prof. Dr. René Prêtre
Prof. Dr. Oliver Kretschmar
King Norodom Sihamoni
King Norodom Sihanouk
Dr. Iv Malene
Prof. Dr. med. Ueli Möhrlen
Pror. Dr. Sokha Keo
Prof Sar Polinn

CREW

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
David Gopsill (1996)
Giorgio Zehnder (2001)
Matthias Kälin (2003, interview Beat Richner)
Pio Corradi (2010)
Stéphane Kuthy (2018)
Georges Gachot (2020)
Filip Zumbrunn
Peter Guyer

SOUND MIXERS
Dieter Meyer
Balthasar Jucker
Olivier Jean-Richard
Andreas Litmanowitsch

EDITOR
Paolo Poloni

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Lars Wicki

COLORIST
Ueli Nüsch

TITEL DESIGN
Brigae Haelg

SOUND DESIGN & RE-RECORDING MIXER
Jürg von Allmen C.A.S.

SCREENPLAY
Georges Gachot

KHMER TRANSLATORS
Kim Sophea
Rathany Koh
Sreypich Out
Ratana Cheng

ORIGINAL SCORE
Marcel Vaid
Nicolas Gachot

ENGLISH SUBTITLING
Nina Kälin

Awards and nominations

Screenings and festivals

TV Broadcasting
Switzerland, SRF 1, 3 September 2023

Beat Richner’s Legacy

Why a young Swiss doctor has left in his comfortable world in Switzerland to build in 25 year five modern childrens hospitals in Cambodia and what will happen after his death, 2018

Beat Richner has fundamentally shaped the healthcare system in Cambodia. The film sheds light on the young Swiss doctor and his motivation to leave his comfortable world and embark on a great adventure. It also explores the question of what will happen after his death in 2018.

Swiss paediatrician Beat Richner, also known as Beatocello, worked in Cambodia for over 25 years. During this time, he set up five paediatric hospitals called Kantha Bopha I-V between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Today, 80 per cent of Cambodia’s sick children are treated in these hospitals. Who was this man who closed his profitable paediatric practice in Zurich and made it his life’s work to help the children of Cambodia?

When Beat Richner died of a rare disease on 9 September 2018, the vital question arose as to how things should continue now that „Dr God“, as Richner is known in Cambodia, is no longer there. The film shows how Richner shaped the Cambodian doctors and nurses and how they proudly go about their work in the spirit of the uncompromising and visionary Swiss doctor and with the experience they have gained from 20 years of working together. The implementation of Richner’s work philosophy has become a matter of honour for the entire staff. Fundamental Swiss virtues such as discipline, punctuality and training are still firmly anchored. Even five years after Richner’s death, the company continues to live and work according to these principles.

WATCH ON SRF PLAY

https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/dok/video/beat-richners-vermaechtnis?urn=urn:srf:video:22ddd197-4ec7-4939-8d0e-cc77f4cfd893

World Sales

Director

Georges Gachot

Producer

Gachot Films
Georges Gachot

Partner

Desjardin S.A.S.
Schärer und Schläpfer AG
Bundes Amt für Kultur (BAK)

The staff of the Kantha Bopha hospitals
Generaldirektor, Dr. biol. Denis Laurent

CAST

Annaregula Richner
Peter Spring
Dr. Leaphy Phousithea
Dr. Yay Chantana
Prof. Dr. Ky Santhy
Prof. Dr. René Prêtre
Prof. Dr. Oliver Kretschmar
King Norodom Sihamoni
King Norodom Sihanouk
Dr. Iv Malene
Prof. Dr. med. Ueli Möhrlen
Pror. Dr. Sokha Keo
Prof Sar Polinn

CREW

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
David Gopsill (1996)
Giorgio Zehnder (2001)
Matthias Kälin (2003, interview Beat Richner)
Pio Corradi (2010)
Stéphane Kuthy (2018)
Georges Gachot (2020)
Filip Zumbrunn
Peter Guyer

SOUND MIXERS
Dieter Meyer
Balthasar Jucker
Olivier Jean-Richard
Andreas Litmanowitsch

EDITOR
Paolo Poloni

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Lars Wicki

COLORIST
Ueli Nüsch

TITEL DESIGN
Brigae Haelg

SOUND DESIGN & RE-RECORDING MIXER
Jürg von Allmen C.A.S.

SCREENPLAY
Georges Gachot

KHMER TRANSLATORS
Kim Sophea
Rathany Koh
Sreypich Out
Ratana Cheng

ORIGINAL SCORE
Marcel Vaid
Nicolas Gachot

ENGLISH SUBTITLING
Nina Kälin

Awards and nominations

Screenings and festivals

TV Broadcasting
Switzerland, SRF 1, 3 September 2023