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Barry M
03-10-2011, 11:07 PM
Don't Think I've Forgotten
(Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll)

Interesting looking documentary on Cambodian rock scene (and its destruction by the Khmer Rouge). Directed by John Pirozzi. The sample songs on the film site are cool; I'd go see this, probably, and almost certainly grab a DVD.

Production's wrapped, supposed to see release in 2011.




Filmmaker's synopsis:

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.

Cambodian musicians crafted this sound from the various rock music styles sweeping America and England, adding the unique melodies and hypnotic rhythms of their traditional music. The beautiful singing of the renowned female vocalists became the final touch that made this mix so enticing.

But as one segment of Cambodian society–young creative musicians in particular–embraced American culture and flourished under its influence, another was decimated and demoralized by America’s massive aerial bombing of the Cambodian countryside. This propelled the rural population to rise up and join forces with Pol Pot’s ultra-Maoist army, the Khmer Rouge, who would eventually dismantle and destroy the country.

Rocking sample songs here: http://cambodianrock.com/music/index.htm



Barry M
03-10-2011, 11:11 PM
Blog post from 2008 with links to more songs, info.


Paul Casey
03-11-2011, 07:22 PM
Ma Pi Naok reminded me of White Town - Your Woman.

Those tracks were pretty cool. I'm very interested in checking this out. Thanks, Baz!

Mike T
03-15-2011, 10:01 AM
Thanks for posting about this one, Barry. Had never heard of it, or even knew that Vietnam had a history in rock! I've checked all the links, read the stuff, listened to some of the music and decided that this doco has automatically become a "must obtain" as soon as it's released on some platform of digital home entertainment. :biggrin:

Barry M
04-12-2015, 09:07 AM
This seems to be in limited release now. An article in the New York Times says it opens for a week at Film Forum later this month (with filmmakers & artists at a lot of the screenings), and the DTIF website has a list of venues. Old Cambodian rockers play the NY City Winery on April 24th, which is pretty cool. I missed it at the Reel Asian festival in Toronto a few months ago, drat. Sounds like it turned out okay.

NYT article:

Film Forum run April 22-28:

City Winery April 24th :

http://www.dtifcambodia.com/#!screenings/caz9 (http://www.dtifcambodia.com/)

Trailer from Reel Asian 2014 showing: