Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll
2014, John Pirozzi, USA/Cambodia/France, 105 min.
- Sat, Apr 14th 5:30pm
- Tue, Apr 17th 6:00pm
"A moving and informative documentary...It is also a rich and defiant effort at recovery, showing that even the most murderous totalitarianism cannot fully erase the human drive for pleasure and self-expression." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Gorgeous, hypnotic, and atmospheric...It's a film every bit as entrancing and haunting as the lost music it celebrates." - Jason Heller, The A.V. Club
The Cambodian genocide of the 1970s is a tragedy so massively overwhelming as to defy comprehension. The value of this lively and moving documentary is to narrow the focus to more accessible but by no means trivialized dimensions. Its subject is the country's vibrant pop music scene, which flourished under the arts-friendly regime of Prince Sihanouk, even as the shadow of the escalating war in Vietnam grew into a darkness that would engulf its neighbor. Like Rithy Panh in THE MISSING PICTURE, director Pirozzi is faced with the challenge of representing a history whose traces have largely been erased, and he rises to the occasion with inventive montages that orchestrate sound, image, color, and tempo into an evocative mosaic of glory, disaster, survival, and rebirth. In Khmer, English, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Tuesday lecture by Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago