Coming to NYC’s Film Forum tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22: DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL
John Pirozzi’s exploration of the music lost during the reign of the Khmer Rouge debuted in Cambodia early last year. Other festival screenings have included DOC NYC, Big Sky, Rotterdam, Reel Asian, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis/St Paul, among others.
I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
A fascinating exploration of history as reflected through a nation’s popular culture, John Pirozzi’s film excavates Cambodia’s lost era of American-inflected music. Just as traditional Cambodian songs took on a French colonial influence in the 1950s and ‘60s, the presence of US Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War inspired a fusion of funk, soul, and rock in the country’s postcolonial period. But when the Khmer Rouge came to power, they set out to destroy all traces of Western influence.