See Hear Podcast Episode 64 - Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

June 2, 2019 @ 5:47 am

Welcome to May 2019's episode of See Hear Podcast....despite it being June.

 

Being a music film podcast, it's rare that we cover a film that involves politics and human rights abuse. This month we're doing that....and yet we're sort of not. John Pirozzi's 2015 documentary "Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll" focuses on the Cambodian music scene prior to the rule of Pol Pot and his regime's declaration of Year Zero.

 

While it is a necessity to bring into some focus the tragedy that was his rule (and the previous years under military rule following the ousting of Prince Norodom Sihanouk), Pirozzi turns his gaze to musicians that were hugely popular in their day in Cambodia in a nation where music was valued and important. Music is shown in the film, both as art and as propaganda. Under the regime in 1975, anyone involved in the arts was a thinker of individual ideas...and that did not fit into the grand scheme of agrarian socialism and an eviction of any Western ideas. The film shows the tragedy, but overall, the film is a celebration of how music really can bring people together - no cliche'.

 

A good documentary doesn't tell you everything you need. It urges you to go and seek out further information and get a wider understanding of the subject matter. Don't Think I've Forgotten is a good documentary.

 

The See Hear crew hope to convince you to search this fantastic film out (yeah....spoiler alert - we loved it). Our huge thanks to (patient) listener, Tyler Kennedy for suggesting we cover it.

 

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