srey khmer

I was a bit cautious about “First they killed my father”, but it really is a total cinematic triumph. Utterly sad (but so important), gorgeously shot (all credit to Anthony Dod Mantle, that part of the world never looked as beautiful and profound on film as thru his lens), avoiding the usual Hollywood traps (no white savior BS) and the entire cast just feels genuine (Sareum Srey Moch is the heart and soul of this movie), which is a rarity nowadays. Angie, you really did it. Impressed. 

P.S. After a day of consideration i’m ranking this along with Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Ivan’s Childhood, Elem Klimov’s “Come and See” and René Clément‘s “Forbidden games” as my favorite childhood war-torn film.

Day 358: Christmas Eve

Partied with my family and the usual drunk Cambodians at Jumbo. Lol.

This is one of my most chillest aunts. Every time I go to SoCal with my parents, they end up just leaving me with her. Lol. She rarely sings for Khmer parties in Seattle anymore. She’s always on tour with her band - Dengue Fever. I’m happy she came back from her tour right in time to spend Christmas with us. First time <3 I’ve missed her so much.