MOMENTS | Mash-up: Documentary ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten’ Explores Cambodia’s Lost Generation of Rock and Roll

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Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, John Pirozzi’s latest documentary, explores Cambodia’s rich history of rock and pop music, most of which was lost during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Cambodia’s musical heritage found inspiration from a wide breadth of regions, from Southeast Asian melodies and Afro-Cuban influence to French (Johnny Hallyday), U.S. and British rock and roll (Cliff Richard and the Shadows). After gaining independence from the French in 1953, Cambodia experienced a lush period of modernization and musical revolution. The documentary contrasts this period with what followed when the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975—the near massacre of the country’s popular musicians and artists. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten is currently playing at New York’s Film Forum, but the doc is set to see wide release later this year.