Seasonal Special Happenings

Lost and Found

When: Fri., July 31 2015

The Khmer Rouge’s reign has tried to hide Cambodia’s once vibrant music scene between the 1950s and '70s, but Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll seeks to put the spotlight back on this seemingly forgotten music. Cambodian society embraced many facets of Western culture, but after it was taken over by communism, the Khmer Rouge began to get rid of any Western influences and they specifically targeted musicians and artists. The Cambodian rock and roll scene was at its height in the 60s and 70s and they took English and American rock music and made it their own. They added unique melodies and hypnotic rhythms from their own traditional music and made something that people could enjoy for decades to come. The movie tries to show a different, more positive perspective of Cambodia that most people are not familiar with instead of the image that most people associate with Cambodia, which is war and genocide. It also talks about how the music has influenced the culture in Cambodia in both the past and the present. It screens tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)

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