The LFC gives special thanks to Lowell artist Walter Wright and the 119 Gallery for connecting us to the poignant 2011 Cambodian-French documentary Golden Slumbers. On Thursday, July 12 from 8PM-10PM, the 119 Gallery will host a very special screening of this 2011 documentary with director Davy Chou in attendance. With compelling interviews and archival footage, you’ll see and hear first-hand the true story of Cambodia’s thriving film industry from 1960-1975 and how it brutally suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the mid 1970s. Please read the synopsis below from the Golden Slumbers website for a description of what you’ll experience:
Discover the unknown history of the birth and destruction of Cambodian cinema, from the first film ever made in 1960 to the arrival of the Khmer Rouge in 1975. In 15 years, about 400 films were produced. Only 30 films remain today. Almost all the actors were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime and only a few of the directors were able to flee the country. Most of the old movie theaters of Phnom Penh have become restaurants, karaoke places or squats. With a few of the survivors telling their stories, Golden Slumbers tries to bring back to life the myths and legends of this lost cinema.
The film’s director, Davy Chou, is a Cambodian-French filmmaker and the grandson of Van Chann, a famous film producer of the 60s and 70s.
Learn more about Golden Slumbers and its award-winning appearance at film festivals around the globe at their official blogsite, GoldenSlumbersFilm.wordpress.com.
This Lowell Film Premiere Event is FREE admission, but a $5.00 suggestion donation will be gratefully accepted at the door.
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