Educational DVD of “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” is now available and it comes with a study guide written by Associate Producer, LinDa Saphan and lead researcher for the film.
Summary of film: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten is a documentary film that examines popular music from the pre–Khmer Rouge era and explores the impact of music in the struggle for political, ideological, and social change. It depicts the musical and political history of Cambodia from the birth of popular music in the 1950s to the emergence of rock and roll through the mid 1970s. During this period the different musical phases and influences were closely intertwined with the changing political regimes in the country. Study guide info: This guide presents additional background information to help viewers understand the film better. It is designed to help viewers think more deeply about the complex issues raised by the film and to process their reactions to a very emotional time in Cambodian history.
The guide is an invitation to openly explore Cambodian musical production and historical events via dialog among families, classmates, friends, and communities and to foster acceptance of a variety of viewpoints. It is hoped that discussion participants will take away a sense of optimism in spite of the tragic historical events that took place in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge era. Since time may not permit a group to address all aspects of the film, this guide will focus on three main topics: The meaning of music in Cambodian society Cambodian historical and political events The Khmer Rouge genocidal regime and its cultural repression Please reach out to your institution’s library or department to purchase a copy of the film with the study guide. www.argotpictures.com/store