US / Cambodia, 2014, 106 min, in English, Khmer and French with English Subtitles
Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA'S LOST ROCK AND ROLL examines and unravels Cambodia's recent tragic past.
"Fitting into a niche of heart-stirring music documentaries like
'Searching for Sugar Man' and '20 Feet From Stardom.'"
A.O. Scott, New York Times - NYT Critics' Pick
A rich and defiant effort at recovery, showing that even the most murderous totalitarianism cannot fully erase the human drive for pleasure and self-expression.
Every bit as entrancing and haunting as the lost music it celebrates.
Village Voice (Critics' Pick)
A rich patchwork tapestry of powerful and ebullient music.
If Don't Think I've Forgotten is any indication, this Southeast Asian country has a lot of soul.
San Francisco Chronicle
Very good and moving. Deserves the widest possible audience.
A fervent cry for the power of music.
The music, the stuff of cultish collectors for decades, is thrilling.
Resurrects and revives this ghost music, breathing life into it once again.
Does more than document a lost moment in timeâ€”it may also generate new knowledge and connections through its circulation. A moving and valuable project.
Essential. You'll never understand the soul of a people without taking a long, close look at their cultural life.
Art 21 Magazine
A living archive.
Eye-opening and moving.
A musical restoration of the country's history, a celebration of art, and an homage to those who paid for it with their lives.
There is a universal appeal.
A poignant and important reminder that art matters.
Pittsburgh City Paper
Heartbreaking. A tough but uplifting reminder that no matter what awful things humans do to each other, art survives.
What a bold feat of a film this is! If you love music...then you need to see this film.
Beautiful, atmospheric and most of all lively.
Washington City Paper
Ten Best Movies of the Year East Bay Express
A brilliant cultural excavation, connecting survivors' memories to a generation's worth of energetic music.
The sheer range of music on offer is astonishing.
More than a music documentary.
Film Journal International
Makes the whole period come alive.
Carries with it a sense of discovery so profound it's practically archaeological.
Bay Area Reporter
Engaging and detailed. A kind of cultural restoration project.
Infectious music. Shattering.
Asian Educational Media Service
What makes this film unique â€“ and uniquely powerful â€“ is its detailed account of the richness and vitality of the culture that was all but destroyed by the Khmer Rouge.
Educational Media Reviews Online
This film is captivating, moving, and informativeâ€”it's an outstanding production.
A powerful film about the enduring legacy of a culture's music even in times of severe repression, this is highly recommended.
A huge revelation for the music history books...Provides a completely refreshing new perspective.
Asbury Park Press
Riveting. At once exotic and familiar, intoxicating and revelatory.
Helena Independent Record
A poetic remembering of a culture lost during war. Serves as an ode to gentle, loving people who suffered terribly, but somehow have kept their spirit.
Santa Fe New Mexican
This story needs to be told, and this music needs to be heard.
Stunningly told and peerlessly edited. Lush with gorgeous sights and sounds.
A celebration of music's resilient, lingering power.
A fascinating, beautifully realized story that urgently needs telling.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
An irresistible documentary exploration of the wonderfully lush and occasionally psychedelic popular music produced in Cambodia.
From The Projection Room
Pirozzi gets it right. [The film] assists in deepening the humanity and underscoring the richness of Cambodian culture.
A labor of love that shines the spotlight on performers who made great music and whose legacy was almost erased.
Reel And Rock
Rochester City Newspaper
Crucial. A testament to human resilience.
Reel World Reviews
This is a fantastic film then, filled with terrific music and colourful characters, all tied together by an astute journalistic heart.
Any admirer of historic footage will love the jewels to be found in this film.
A giddy whirlwind...tons of vintage footage.
San Francisco Weekly
Cambodia's music scene had plenty to offer.
Employs clever animation and colorful sequences to capture the energy of the rock scene.
Reminds us of music's essential role as cultural unifier.
Madison Film Forum
This film does a great job capturing this little known gem of history.
A glowing tribute to the universality of art.
Ben Sisario, New York Times Feature
Fitting into a niche of heart-stirring music documentaries like 'Searching for Sugar Man' and '20 Feet From Stardom.'
That the documentary exists at all is a triumph.
Personal and detailed. This project was an extensive undertaking.
Boston Globe Feature
Remarkable. The footage is a revelation.
Wall Street Journal
The country's music scene was specialâ€”a vital force in a rapidly changing nation.
The sound is thrillingly new for American audiences.
New York Daily News
Revives a lost art. Bracing.
Phoenix New Times
Sometimes a music documentary reaches a state of transcendence. John Pirozzi's new film is that kind of movie.
Paints a picture of...Phnom Penh as a vibrant city teeming with garage bands and rebellious rockers.
Patches together the vibrant, fraught history of the Cambodian rock and roll scene.
A spellbinding survey of Cambodia's lost era of psychedelia-infused lounge rock and roll. A high watermark of investigative journalism.
San Francisco Chronicle Feature
A real crowd-pleaser.
Goes beyond the sounds themselves to weave an emotional tale of how important music is to a society.
Does the world a service in documenting the era.
Al Jazeera America
You can't help but marvel at the power of (music) to sustain itself through the people who made it, and those who love it.
Part historical document, part celebration of a nearly lost form.
Wonderful trove of well-edited archival footage.
Expertly weaves Cambodian history and political strife through the lens of rock and roll.
[An] extraordinary story of the spirit of youth culture in the face of genocide
An essential document for anyone with an interest in the history of popular music from around the world.
International Center For Transitional Justice
Hannah Dunphy interviews Dr. LinDa Saphan
Explores the unique fusion of sounds coming out of Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s.
John Pirozzi, Director, Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll