Thursday, October 6, 2016

Documentary on early Cambodian rock music, Don't Think I've Forgotten, back in Pittsburgh, October 13 and 18.

The Eco-Soap Bank will present two screenings of Don't Think I've Forgotten, a documentary on early Cambodian rock music, on October 13 and 18.
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.
Eco-Soap, says its Facebook page,
is a United States 501(c)(3) organization working with the Cambodian hotel industry to reduce waste, and provide soap with hygiene education to rural Cambodians.
The October 13 screening will be at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and the October 18 screening will be from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville (map).

The documentary first played in Pittsburgh last summer at the Hollywood Theater.