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The filmmakers of this terrific documentary are trying to raise money to bring some of the original surviving Cambodian Rock and Roll musicians to New York for a once-in-a-lifetime concert in April to coincide with the opening of the film at Film Forum.

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, tells the story of an incredible music scene that developed and thrived during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s in Cambodia, as well as the country’s modern history. Cambodia was known as “the pearl of South East Asia” until 1975 when it fell under the control of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge and was nearly destroyed. In just under four years an estimated 1/3 of the population- close to 2 million people- died due to the brutal policies of the Khmer Rouge. Their revolution tried to eradicate all Western influence and most of Cambodia’s beloved pop singers became targets and did not survive.

“For 9 years director John Pirozzi pieced together the history that remained ultimately making a film to tell that story. On January 11, 2014 Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten premiered at the historic Chaktomuk theater in Phnom Penh. Directly following the screening a live concert featuring surviving musicians from the film took place. This entire event was made possible with the support of Documentation Center of Cambodia and the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.

“Our goal is to reproduce that concert in NYC at the theatrical premiere. To do that, we need your help.”

Check out the Kickstarter campaign here. There are only 16 days to go and they are nearly halfway towards their goal.