This film is a lesson about Cambodia’s turbulent modern history told from the point of view of its musicians and singers who lived through it.
In the film they say that there is a Cambodian saying that “music is the soul of a nation” and that sentiment seemed to be at the heart of the film.
It was an interesting and educational documentary but I sometimes found the pacing a little slow and there might have been a few too many talking heads. It was the stories of the good times that I tired off. The horrific and tragic stories were compelling.
It was surprising that the filmmaker/writer/producer was American with no direct connection to Cambodia beyond his interest which was piqued during a visit to Cambodia while making a film with Matt Damon.
It was well researched with impressive archival footage.