Thursday, September 21, 2006

Dara Duong's search for the truth

Dara Duong is someone who makes things happen. Since his arrival in the USA in 1999 he has made it his mission to educate people about the country of his birth and its rich traditions. He created the Cambodian Cultural Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, which began in his garage and is now in Seattle and open to the public. Another avenue to educate others is through a documentary film that the 35 year old has recently completed. Through first hand accounts, archival footage, and the re-enactment of the 1972 murder of his father, Searching For The Truth is Duong's journey back to Cambodia to investigate what took place, and why. He includes rare footage of his own interviews with two key architects of the Khmer Rouge regime, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

Duong, with his mother and siblings, escaped to the Thai border camps after the Vietnamese invasion in 1979, where they lived for the next ten years. He returned to Cambodia to complete his university studies and worked to promote democracy and human rights, as well as working with youths, before leaving for the US in 1999, becoming a US citizen in 2004. Read more about him at his website and the Museum.

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