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U.S. Embassy Supports World Premiere Screening of Documentary on Cambodian Rock & Roll

Released on January 9, 2014

The Documentation Center of Cambodia, with the support of the U.S. Embassy, will hold the world premiere screening of the groundbreaking documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Chaktomuk Theatre. Members of the media are invited to cover the event, but general admission requires a ticket.

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll, directed by John Pirozzi, tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphed into rock and roll, blossomed in the 1960s and 1970s, and was nearly destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime. This documentary provides a new perspective on Cambodia and includes interviews with the few surviving musicians, unearthed archival film of the period’s performances, and beautifully wrought original footage. The film is a celebration of the incredibly vibrant music that came from Cambodia and explores its importance to Cambodian society.

Demonstrating the resilience of rock and roll, the screening will be followed by a live concert featuring music from the film by the original surviving musicians, Hong Samley and Drakkar Band. Chhom Nimol, singer of the popular Cambodian-American band Dengue Fever, will also join them. The concert will begin around 9:00 p.m. in front of Chaktomuk Theatre and is open to the public.

For further information about the event, please contact Youk Chhang of the Documentation Center of Cambodia at