Saturday, January 11, 2014

Not forgotten

The musical focus of this weekend, began with the Cambodian Space Project last night at the new Oscars 51 bar and continued tonight with the premiere of the documentary, Don't Think I've Forgotten at Chaktomuk Theatre. Seven years in the making, the theatre was deservedly packed out and I was one of the unlucky ones to be sitting on the floor. However, the nostalgia was overflowing on the big screen and in the aisles as the film took us on a roller-coaster look at the heyday of Cambodian music. Uplifting and sad in waves that a country could lose so many talented artists, when the population was ravaged during the Khmer Rouge years. Surviving singers and musicians tell the story alongside some excellent archival footage of the 60s and 70s. The film was followed by a Q&A with some of the famous faces of the day and an open air concert, which I couldn't stay for.



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