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Cambodian Film Mini-Series

Liberty and Justice Film Series

Presented by Boston Asian American Film Festival

DEC 1 - 9, 2017


As part of ArtsEmerson's Cambodian Culture, Art and History, a month-long series of free and ticketed community engagement events in Boston and Lowell, the BAAFF Liberty and Justice Film Series presents a compilation of films including a Rithy Pahn retrospective of three films he directed and one he produced, and four additional films showcasing stories of adversity, resistance, survival and healing.

*Please note the location of each event as there are multiple locations throughout the series.


Island Soldier

FRI, DEC 1 @ 6:30PM

Island Soldier

In partnership with BAAFF

Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room

 $11   ||     85 min   ||   Watch the trailer

The untold story of Micronesian citizens fighting America's wars. Through the personal odyssey of the Nenas, one family experiences the consequences of military service, as they represent a pristine Pacific island on the brink of economic collapse.

Directed by Nathan Fitch
Q&A with Nathan Fitch

S21

FRI, DEC 1 @ 9:00PM

S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

Part of the Rithy Panh film retrospective in partnership with BAAFF and CMAA
Ticket proceeds benefit CMAA

Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room

 $11   ||     101 min   ||   Watch the trailer

A unique documentary on the notorious S-21 prison, today the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with testimony by the only surviving prisoners and former Khmer Rouge guards.

Directed by Rithy Panh


Chinese Exclusion Act

SAT, DEC 2 @ 3:30PM

The Chinese Exclusion Act

In partnership with BAAFF, Chinese Historical Society of New England, Lyric Stage, and CACA

Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room

 $11   ||     160 min 

This film underscores important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of US immigration. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society.

Directed by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu

Monkey Dance

SAT, DEC 2 @ 8:00PM

Monkey Dance

In partnership with BAAFF and Angkor Dance
Ticket proceeds benefit Angkor Dance

Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room

 $11   ||     75 min   ||   Watch the trailer

MONKEY DANCE is a documentary film about three teens coming of age in Lowell, Massachusetts. Children of Cambodian refugees, they inhabit a tough, working class world shadowed by their parents' nightmares of the Khmer Rouge. Traditional Cambodian dance links them to their parents' culture, but fast cars, hip consumerism, and good times often pull harder. For the parents, Lowell held the hope of safety, employment, and a chance to finally rebuild some of what was shattered by the Khmer Rouge. But for their children, the city offers a dizzying array of choices - many of them risky. Monkey Dance is the story of how three kids navigate the confusing landscape of urban adolescence and ultimately start to make good on their parents' dreams.

Directed by Julie Mallozzi
Q&A with Julie Mallozzi and film subjects
Dance Family - a follow up to where dancers are now will follow screening

The Apology

SUN, DEC 3 @ 1:30PM

The Apology

In partnership with BAAFF & ASPIRE

Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room

 $11   ||     104 min   ||   Watch the trailer

The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former "comfort women" who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called "comfort stations", the three "grandmothers-Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines-face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they know that time is running out to give a first-hand account of the truth and ensure that this horrific chapter of history is not forgotten. Whether they are seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government or summoning the courage to finally share their secret with loved ones, their resolve moves them forward as they seize this last chance to set future generations on a course for reconciliation, healing, and justice.

Directed by Tiffany Hsiung
Q&A with Tiffany Hsiung

The Missing Picture

SUN, DEC 3 @ 4:30PM

The Missing Picture

Part of the Rithy Panh film retrospective in partnership with BAAFF and Flying Orb
Ticket proceeds benefit Flying Orb

Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room

 $11   ||     92 min   ||   Watch the trailer

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Directed by Rithy Panh
CPK Wedding Ceremony short produced by Flying Orb precedes Missing Picture

Land of Wandering Souls

MON, DEC 4 @ 3:00PM

The Land of the Wandering Souls

In partnership with BAAFF

Middlesex Community College
50 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA

 FREE   ||     100 min   ||   Watch the trailer

"The Land of the Wandering Souls" follows a group of workers who are laying a high-tech fiber optic cable that will link Cambodia to the rest of Asia and Europe. The project is a hopeful symbol of the country's slow integration into the world community and the modern technological age. However, for the people employed to actually dig the trench by hand -- a group of rice farmers, ex-soldiers, and their families, the poorest of the poor -- the work is a mixed blessing. This film provides a haunting glimpse into the lives of these indigent workers as they encounter the painful remnants of the past - mines, bones, and a landscaped littered with human suffering - and labor to bring Cambodia into the modern age.

FREE, RSVP not required
First They Killed My Father

SAT, DEC 9 @ 2:00PM

First They Killed My Father

In partnership with CMAA, BAAFF, Netflix and additional Lowell community organizations

Lowell High School - Cyrus Irish Auditorium
50 Father Morissette Blvd, Lowell, MA 01852

 FREE   ||     2 hour 16 min   ||   Watch the trailer

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

'First They Killed My Father' is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung's gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.