Daniel Garber talks with filmmaker John Pirozzi about his new documentary Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll premiering at Toronto’s ReelAsian Film Festival

Posted in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Cultural Mining, documentary, Movies, Music, Uncategorized, US, War by CulturalMining.com on November 7, 2014

DTIF_DirectorHi, this is Daniel Garber at the Movies for cultural mining.com and CIUT 89.5 FM

In April, 1975, Pnomh Penh went silent. Cambodia — a small nation in Southeast Asia — has a centuries-old rich musical heritage. Influenced over a hundred years as a French colony by Western music,  Pnomh Penh’s teenagers were swept off their feet by the introduction of rock and roll.  Despite US bombing, a military coup and an intense civil war, the Cambodian pop music scene flourished for DTIF2three decades… until the Khmer Rouge took over.

Have thirty years of music disappeared forever? Has it all been forgotten amidst the genocidal horrors of the Killing Fields?

A new film that documents modern Cambodias musical history from the 1950s to the 1970s says “no”. The DTIF10film’s called DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: Cambodia’s lost Rock and Roll, and it’s having its Toronto premiere at the ReelAsian film festival on Saturday, November 8th at 4:00 pm at the Royal Cinema. Using archival photos, vintage film clips, music recordings, and new interviews with key figures, the film brings a history of Cambodian music to Western screens for the first time.

Director John Pirozzi is known for his previous work in Cambodia, and as a cinematographer on films by Patti Smith and Matt Dillon. I reached John in New York City by telephone.

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