Cambodia in Film: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten
Saturday, April 8 @ 1:00 pm
After a golden age of cinema in the 1960s, the Cambodian film industry suffered during the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, under which entertainment and arts were dismantled. In the 1980s and 1990s, the industry started making a gradual, slow comeback. Foreign films highlighting the country, such as The Killing Fields, Tomb Raider have helped boost these efforts.
During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide. The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.