Monday, April 21, 2014

Elvis of Cambodia

A new documentary in the works, Elvis of Cambodia, by American director Chris G Parkhurst, will focus on the legendary man of Cambodian music, Sin Sisamouth. Initially perceived as an exhaustive bio-pic of the great singer, it will now be a story that will follow two Cambodian men and how their life courses have been motivated and influenced by Sisamouth and his music.  It is through their eyes that the audience will witness how and why someone like Sisamouth has not only survived a regime that attempted to eliminate all music and its makers from Cambodia, but is in every sense of the word, still as relevant today as he was in his heyday. And it also will be through their eyes, as well as other leading experts, that they will examine the whys and hows of Cambodian copyright law. In particular, how it pertains to Sisamouth’s music, as his son, Sin Chanchaya, has tried for decades, to no avail, to get his family to properly receive royalties for his father’s music. No date for the finished product yet, but music lovers and Sisamouth fans will get a kick out of this documentary for sure.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need to do some catching up reading of your blog. The last time I was here was in 2009. Very informative and entertaining blog, Andy!


Paul B

April 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM  

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