Enlightening documentary that illuminates the recent history of Cambodia through the lens of popular music. Starting with Cambodian independence from France in 1960 up until the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, the film serves as a history lesson, and as a glimpse into a chapter of musical history that is largely unknown outside of its home country. We get to hear traditional Cambodian music, music influenced by France, South Africa and Cuba, guitar bands (aka "surf music"), go-go music, and the 70's hard rock that came into style once The Voice of America began broadcasting during the Vietnam War. It's an education for the ears and for the brain that turns (appropriately) somber once Pol Pot comes on the scene, destroying popular music culture along with everything else in the nation. It's well worth watching.
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