On Thursday, May 21st, at 7pm, the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music, the UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies, and KCSB-FM 91.9 present the acclaimed new documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll.
A 4K Digital Print of Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten will be shown, preceded by an introduction by UCSB ethnomusicologist and CISM co-director David Novak, as the “CISM Rock Docs” series returns to the UCSB Pollock Theater (tickets on sale HERE).
On Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, May 18), guest co-host Novak interviewed John Pirozzi, the filmmaker who created Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten. Pirozzi also directed the 2007 documentary Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, about LA band Dengue Fever on tour in the region that is so integral to the identity of their revivalist music.
The New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten is currently playing in first-run movie theaters around the country. It is an exploration of the new music scene that emerged in capital city Phnom Penh during the 1960s and early 1970s, as war in Vietnam threatened Cambodia’s borders. The combined impact of illegal US bombings of the sovereign nation, military coup, and civil war precipitated a genocidal wave targeting intellectuals, artists, and musicians amongst 2 million victims in all.
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed, along with the rest of the country. But the music and an entire people survived.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the spring from 11am-12noon PDT.