Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (Thurs., May 21, UCSB Pollock Theater) - Courtesy Poster.

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (Thurs., May 21, UCSB Pollock Theater) – Courtesy Poster.

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 present the acclaimed new documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll.

The New York Times Critic’s Pick, currently playing in first-run movie theaters around the country, is director John Pirozzi’s 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.

Sieng Vanthy (photo from personal collection of Sieng Vanthy) - DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN (Courtesy Use)

Sieng Vanthy (photo from personal collection of Sieng Vanthy) – DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN (Courtesy Use)

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.

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 on Thursday, May 21st at 7 PM.

Advance tickets can be purchased via the Carsey-Wolf website by clicking HERE.