Through the eyes, the words and songs of the stars of the folk music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s ; a different look on the tragic past of Cambodia.

Combining interviews with the surviving musicians, archival footage never seen before and rare songs, the film follows the winding course of the Cambodian music in its transformation into a unique style of rock and roll. A vibrant musical culture that was almost lost forever under the brutal Red Khmer regime is revived and celebrated in this documentary.

Directed by John Pirozzi

USA, Cambodia, France, 2014, 105 min.

Photography: John Pirozzi

Editing: Daniel Littlewood, Greg Wright, Matthew Prinzing

Music: Scott Blackwell Stafford

Production: John Pirozzi, Andrew Pope


John Pirozzi is a North american director and director of photography. In addition to directing music videos for Queens of the Stone Age, Calexico, Vic Chesnutt and Victoria Williams, he filmed the closing number of I’m Your Man, that was a musical performance by Leonard Cohen and U2. As second unit DP and cameraman Pirozzi worked in films such as Matt Dillon’s “City of Ghosts and Patti Smith’s “Dream of Life”. His first documentary film, “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong”, is about the first trip to Cambodia of the Californian band Dengue Fever.