Thursday, May 21, 2015

Documentary on early Cambodian rock music, Don't Think I've Forgotten, at Hollywood Theater, May 29 - June 4.

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show the 2014 documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten from May 29 through June 4. A summary, from the documentary's website:
During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other.

Cambodian musicians crafted this sound from the various rock music styles sweeping, America, England and France, adding the unique melodies and hypnotic rhythms of their traditional music. The beautiful singing of their renowned female vocalists became the final touch that made this mix so enticing.
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DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide.
Showtimes and ticket information is available on the theater website; adult tickets are $8, and members' tickets are $5. The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.