CTFF 2015 Press Release
For Immediate Release
Third Cambodia Town Film Festival Commemorates
Forty Years of Survival and Resilience
Long Beach, California – August 10, 2015 — The third annual Cambodia Town Film Festival (CTFF) will be held September 3-6, 2015 at the Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th Street in Long Beach, CA.
Created in 2013, CTFF was created to highlight the diversity of the Cambodian experience as expressed through film. The festival presents the works of both established and emerging filmmakers in various cinematic genres, including documentaries, re-released classics, short films, and animated features. In addition to the films themselves, the CTFF program includes a variety of special events and panel discussions with directors, producers, writers, and actors.
This year’s CTFF is particularly significant as 2015 marks 40 years since the takeover of Cambodia by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, which maintained its hold on the country for nearly four years between 1975 and 1979. During the regime, up to 2 million people died by overwork, starvation, disease, and execution.
“It is important to acknowledge the impact of the Khmer Rouge on the Cambodian people, not only during the regime itself, but for decades afterward,” says CTFF co-founder praCh Ly. “The films featured in this year’s CTFF are all influenced by the violence and trauma of Khmer Rouge period and its aftermath in some way. At the same time, however, the CTFF pays tribute to the strength and resilience of the survivors.”
This year's CTFF opens with a Filmmaker Welcome Reception on Thursday, September 3, and concludes with an Award Ceremony on Sunday, September 6. Highlights include screenings of The Last Reel, with legendary actress Dy Saveth, newcomer Ma Rynet and Director Kulikar Sotho in the Q&A panel, The Killing Fields, the academy-award winning film by Roland Joffe first released in 1984, and The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015), which tells the dramatic story of Haing Ngor, the physician and actor who portrayed journalist Dith Pran, the main character in Joffe’s film.
The complete line-up of screenings is as follows:
Saturday, September 5
11am: The Last Reel, directed by Kulikar Sotho
A contemporary story about love, family and the ghosts of Cambodia’s past
3pm: Bonne Nuit Papa, directed by Marina Kem
A poetic journey of fulfilling a dying father’s last wish.
5pm: Short Film Corner
A selection of seven short films, followed by a Q & A session with filmmakers
7:45pm: Listening, directed by Khalil Sullins
A story about the attempts to harness the power of the human mind
Sunday, September 6
11am: Angkor’s Children, directed by Lauren Shaw
A film about the power of art to heal a nation after genocide, told through voices of three young women, followed by a Q & A session with the filmmakers
Our Journey follows the struggles of young teenager growing up in a low income neighborhood in East Oakland
1pm: The Roots Remain, directed by Jean-Sebastien Francoeur and Andrew Marchand-Boddy
The story of Canadian-raised graffiti artist FONKi as he returns to his ancestral Cambodia, followed by a Q & A session with the filmmakers
3:15pm: The Killing Fields, directed by Roland Joffe
6:00pm: The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, directed by Arthur Dong, followed by a Q & A session with Sophia Ngor, Dr. Haing S. Ngor’s niece, and Jack Ong, a close friend of the Ngor family.
9:00pm: Award Ceremony
For additional information or questions, visit the CTFF official website at www.cambodiatownfilmfestival.com or contact praCh@cambodiatownfilmfestival.com / email@example.com