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The Healing Fields of Long Beach's Cambodia Town

The next generation of the city's Cambodian-American
community steps up to help its elders—and itself.

By MICHELLE WOO Thursday, Nov 29 2012

PraCh Ly drives his black Mercedes SUV down Anaheim Street in Long Beach on a warm Thursday afternoon, passing clusters of storefronts with barred windows and squiggly Khmer script. He gazes at the familiar businesses—fabric shops selling jewel-toned sarongs, DVD stores plastered with posters promoting the latest Cambodian titles, and restaurants serving up plates of fresh lok lak beef salad and bowls of mango sticky-rice pudding.

"Over there is where you go after coming back from the clubs," he says, pointing to the nondescript bakery-turned-nightspot Bamboo Island. "You can sing karaoke until, like, 3 a.m."

This is Cambodia Town, the heart of Southern California's Cambodian community, the largest such enclave in the United States, and one of the largest on Earth. And the 33-year-old Ly (he goes by praCh; the spelling is his own) is perhaps its most famous ambassador, a rapper who became an accidental superstar in a country he only knew about through library books and fragmented family tales.

"Just like any other community, we've had our struggles," Ly says. As he turns the steering wheel, he reveals the tattoo on his wrist: an image of the Angkor Wat temple beside a tank. "When people got here, they were literally fresh off the war and mentally all fucked-up. We've had to rebuild a sense of trust." ( READ FULL STORY )

RJ SIN, born and raised in Oakland, California. Ratha Jim Sin better known by his stage name RJ Sin, started writing poems at the age of 15. later venting them onto beats and generating into songs. RJ always had the passion for music; his father is a musician and is part of a band name "Ankor Wat Band." one of the more popular and well known band in the bay area. Though RJ does not play any instruments he picked up the biggest tool that his father could've past down. The art of singing, rapping, in both Khmer, and English...( Click pic to listen to song and watch his new video) 
A RIVER CHANGES COURSE – will launch its WORLD PREMIERE at SUNDANCE!

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13060/a_river_changes_course

A River Changes Course / Cambodia, U.S.A. (Director: Kalyanee Mam) — Three young Cambodians struggle to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt in this devastatingly beautiful story of a country reeling from the tragedies of war and rushing to keep pace with a rapidly expanding world. World Premiere

Cambodian with English subtitles, 2012, 83 minutes, color, Cambodia/U.S.A., World Documentary

In her feature directorial debut, Kalyanee Mam, the cinematographer for the Academy Award–winning documentary Inside Job, explores the damage rapid development has wrought in her native Cambodia on both a human and environmental level. Rural communities, used to reaping the bounty of their mountainous jungles and lush rivers, have witnessed their forests being cleared, land becoming scarce and costly, and fishing stocks rapidly depleting. No longer able to provide for their families, and often accruing massive debt as a result, many Cambodians have been forced to leave their rural lives behind to seek employment in the industrial factories of Phnom Penh.

Following her subjects for more than two years, Mam achieves a profound intimacy with them as they confront these challenges in this stunningly shot vérité portrait. Unable to pursue an education, and forced to separate from their families, they find it hard to imagine a better future when they can barely survive in the present. - B.T.
Journalist seeking truth about Khmer Rouge 'fears for his life'

Award-winning film-maker Thet Sambath says he has been followed, harassed and chased during his research

 

 
 

A candid look at Khmer Rouge brutality has been nominated for three Emmy awards, but not without some obstacles.

Sixth College Video Production Club is happy to announce its first Racialization in the Media lecture series of the year! 

This quarter, we'll be having Cambodian rapper praCh ly as our guest speaker! http://mujestic.com/prach

As consumers of pop culture, it is important to be aware of how the media shapes gender, race, sexuality and multiple forms of intersectional identities. How people are portrayed can have a big impact on how they are perceived within society. The lecture series was created as a way 
to educate people, filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike, about the power of popular media and how it can shape how people view race, gender, and sexual identity. Visit http://ucsdvpc.wordpress.com/racemedia for more info on our lecture series.

We'll also be having a special performance by the Poptikz dance crew! 

Free refreshments (including cookies from the Secret Cookie Service!) will also be provided.

DGA Honors Diverse Student Filmmakers





West Region:

* Award Winner: Caylee So of Chapman Univ. for PAULINA

The Directors Guild of America announced on Tuesday the winners of the 2012 DGA Student Film Awards for African American, Asian American, Latino and Women directors. The awards are designed to honor, encourage and bring attention to exceptional minority and women directors in film schools and select universities across the country.

This is the 18th year the awards have been presented.

“We congratulate the outstanding recipients of this year’s DGA Student Film Awards,” said DGA President Taylor Hackford. “The Guild recognizes and honors these young men and women directors who have shown exceptional talent and promise, and we hope that the attention brought by the DGA Student Film Awards will serve to both highlight their work and provide inspiration for the next generation of diverse talent in the entertainment industry.” READ FULL STORY

From the Killing Fields
‘Never Fall Down,’
by Patricia McCormick

Arn Chorn-Pond was 9 years old when the Communist Khmer Rouge swept into power in 1975, and his story is a catalog of the brutality of the next four years, when as much as one-fourth of the Cambodian population was executed or died of hunger, overwork and untreated disease. It is a story most young Cambodians have never heard, in a nation where the past has been buried along with the bones of the killing fields, a nation whose holocaust is not so much denied as it is smothered in denial. It is also a story that will very likely be new to most American ­teenagers.

“Never Fall Down,” by Patricia McCormick, author of “My Brother’s Keeper” and a National Book Award finalist for “Sold,” is the latest in an expanding body of books about child survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime who came as refugees to the United States. Their stories are necessarily blurred by trauma and the fragile memories of children, but they have filled a gap left by the extermination, under the Khmer Rouge, of the country’s educated and literate class.

Arn’s story, retold by McCormick as a novel for young adults, tells of the guile, resourcefulness, calculated alli­ances and, often, cruelty required to survive, and of the lasting trauma that leads its young subject to say at one point, “I am poison” and “I hurt everything I touch.” As a refugee Arn carries his nightmares, guilt and violent instincts with him to the United States, where he learns the healing power of tears and of speaking out ­ — the kind of catharsis many survivors in Cambodia still avoid....( read full story )
Beats and Rhymes: Corruption

Whether it be in Wall Street, our presidential election or international politics, corruption is everywhere on both the micro and macro level. I wrote this poem after Cambodiatown ambassador and international hip hop artist Prach Ly asked me a few years ago to listen to seven of his new songs and write a poem in response.

"Corruption" is the poem that emerged after I listened to his words and the stories he told me about Cambodia. Ly told me tales of Cambodian corruption and also compared it to the corrupt local politics of Long Beach. "Power lies in the hands of few. Those who start wars never fight them." Ly's stories about the killing fields and the resulting Cambodian diaspora are reminiscent of genocides early in the 20th Century committed in Armenia, Germany and the unnamed.

This is the FIRST and ONLY Long Beach, CA screening of 'LOST LOVES' - Cambodia's First *Oscar Entry in 18 Years.

SPECIAL RED CARPET PREMIERE.

Appearance/Q&A with Producer/Director: CHHAY BORA
Hosted by: praCh.ly


DATE: OCT 1st, 2012
Time: 7:00pm - 10pm
Location: ART THEATRE 
2025 E. 4th Street.
Long Beach, CA. 90814 

For tickets: praCh@mujestic.com

* SEATS ARE VERY LIMITED
Cambodian Food, Beer and Beverages.
 
* PROCEEDS GOES TO FILMMAKER TO HELP WITH THE ACADEMY AWARDS CAMPAIGN! 

PRESS RELEASE ( CLICK HERE )

FILM INFO: 

Cambodia has submitted Chhay Bora’s Lost Loves to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards, marking the first time in 18 years that the country has sent a film to the Oscars.

The Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee (COSC) voted unanimously for the historical drama, which follows the experiences of a middle-class woman during Pol Pot’s genocidal regime.

Chhay Bora and his wife Kauv Sotheary, who are both university professors, used 15 years of personal savings to finance the film, one of the first historical dramas made by Cambodians about life during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Bora directed and produced while his wife plays the leading role. She is the surviving daughter of Leave Sila, the woman whose story forms the basis of the film.

The film was released in Cambodia on January 6 and, due to demand, screened consecutively for 42 days. It then continued to play on a weekend basis until April 2012.

“This event is historic for Cambodia’s reviving film industry,” said COSC chairman Mariam Arthur. “The only other film submitted by Cambodia for Oscar consideration was Rithy Panh’s The Rice People in 1994.”

The COSC was granted approval by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in October 2011.

Great news!

ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE has been nominated for THREE Emmy Awards.


- Best Documentary

- Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form

- Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research

http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/povdocs/2012/07/pov-films-garner-a-record-16-emmy-nominations/

War, Genocide, and Justice

Cambodian American Memory Work

OCTOBER 2012Author: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Examining Cambodian American cultural production as memory work

Against the background of war, genocide, and denied justice in Cambodia more than thirty years ago, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials explores the remembrance work of 1.5-generation Cambodian American cultural producers through film, memoir, and music. Engaged in politicized acts of resistance, individually produced and communally consumed, Cambodian American memory work represents a significant and previously unexamined site of Asian American critique.

In the three years, eight months, and twenty days of the Khmer Rouge’s deadly reign over Cambodia, an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians perished as a result of forced labor, execution, starvation, and disease. Despite the passage of more than thirty years, two regime shifts, and a contested U.N. intervention, only one former Khmer Rouge official has been successfully tried and sentenced for crimes against humanity in an international court of law to date. It is against this background of war, genocide, and denied justice that Cathy J. Schlund-Vials explores the work of 1.5-generation Cambodian American artists and writers.

Drawing on what James Young labels “memory work”—the collected articulation of large-scale human loss—War, Genocide, and Justice investigates the remembrance work of Cambodian American cultural producers through film, memoir, and music. Schlund-Vials includes interviews with artists such as Anida Yoeu Ali, praCh Ly, Sambath Hy, and Socheata Poeuv. Alongside the enduring legacy of the Killing Fields and post-9/11 deportations of Cambodian American youth, artists potently reimagine alternative sites for memorialization, reclamation, and justice. Traversing borders, these artists generate forms of genocidal remembrance that combat amnesic politics and revise citizenship practices in the United States and Cambodia.

Engaged in politicized acts of resistance, individually produced and communally consumed, Cambodian American memory work represents a significant and previously unexamined site of Asian American critique.

The Accidental Terrorist

A California Accountant’s Coup d’Etat

by Adam Piore

The Atavist No. 14, April 2012

Yasith Chhun was just a 42-year-old accountant living a comfortable life in California. Then he tried to overthrow the Cambodian government from his humble office in Long Beach. Inspired by films like Braveheart, Chhun planned “Operation Volcano,” a scheme replete with espionage, jungle guerrillas, and East German rocket launchers. Could Chhun’s quixotic, incredibly risky and potentially bloody coup possibly succeed? And what happens to a man when he leaves the American immigrant dream behind and turns from upstanding citizen into Colonel Kurtz? Former Newsweek editor Adam Piore tells the story.

THE LIVING MAGAZINE:CAMBODIA is an international literary and cultural event with special focus on issues surrounding writing, publishing, and free expression in Cambodia. This year’s event (the second at Harvard) will feature the work of writers Samkhann Khoeun and Chanbo Keo; rap artist and activist praCh ly; and current Scholars at Risk fellow Tararith Kho; and will include contributions from the Angkor Dance Troupe and members of the Harvard community, including Steven Pinker, Stephen Greenblatt, and undergraduate students. The event takes place on April 24th, from 6-8 p.m. in Harvard's Barker Center (12 Quincy Street, Cambridge). It is free and open to the public, will be followed by reception, and will be broadcast live by Voice of America.

Rapping the Message of Long Beach's Cambodia Town



In 2011, the 20-block stretch of Anaheim Street from Atlantic to Junipero in Long Beach was officially declared "Cambodia Town." A large blue sign commemorates this on the districts borders. While the LBC's neighbor to the north, L.A., has districts like Thai Town, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia, Koreatown, Little Tokyo and many more, the equally diverse Long Beach is known for Bixby Knolls, the Pike and Belmont Shore. Once known as "Iowa By-The Sea," the Cambodia Town designation is truly historic: it's the first ethnic district in Long Beach to be officially recognized by the city.

For stakeholders in the Long Beach Cambodian community, this is epic. Dating back to a cadre of Cambodian students that attended Long Beach State over three decades ago, the Long Beach Cambodian community has grown to almost 70,000, the largest concentration of Cambodians anywhere outside of Cambodia. They are especially thrilled to call Long Beach home, since they were forced out of Cambodia under murderous conditions.

Though I was born in Long Beach, most of what I know about Cambodia Town I learned from Prach Ly. Prach came to Long Beach from Cambodia at age 5 and has been here ever since. In 1999, just out of Jordan High School, Prach recorded a bilingual hip-hop album that described the horrors of Cambodia's Killing Fields. Prach had listened to his elders stories and retold them in a hip hop vocabulary. Furthermore he blended English with his native tongue, creating a tour-de-force unlike any other Long Beach hip-hop artist. Somehow the album was bootlegged and taken to Cambodia, where it went viral. ( read full story )


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ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE
2 DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD
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This 2 Disc Special Edition DVD contains a 28 page illustrated booklet of essays on the film and over 6 hours of extra features, including:

An exclusive 29 minute featurette +

One Day At Po Chrey – Anatomy Of A Massacre. Sambath’s detailed investigation into the massacre that occurred in Po Chrey in 1975, including Nuon Chea’s response. Tuol Po Chrey is one of the principal killing sites in the trial for genocide of Nuon Chea and three other former Khmer Rouge leaders. Features interviews with four perpetrators.

Over an hour of Deleted Scenes +

  • Looking For Vorn - In this emotional short film Sambath looks for evidence of his brother’s death with the man who ran the Khmer Rouge prison where Vorn disappeared.
  • Sambath After The Arrest - Sambath’s heartfelt address to camera on the day Nuon Chea was arrested.
  • Khoun Describes The Plan - Political commissar, Khoun, frankly describes the Khmer Rouge northwest zone leadership’s plan to eliminate the Khmer Krom people
  • Map To Murder - Khoun and Suon recall the route back to the day in 1977 when they became murderers.
  • Suon’s Extra Comment - One of the most talked about scenes in Enemies is the account of gall-bladder eating. Here Suon tells an even more shocking story. WARNING: MAY OFFEND SOME VIEWERS.
  • Nuon Chea Uncut - Exclusive extended interviews with Nuon Chea available nowhere else.

Victims + Perpetrators = Survivors +

28 page illustrated booklet +

Question and Answer Sessions with directors +

Television reports on the film +

Extensive interviews with the directors +

Music Video +

  • The music video for Encounters of the Evil Kind, by Cambodian-American rap sensation, praCh Ly, which samples music from the film.

The Theatrical Trailer

Directors’ Commentaries +

Additional Language Options +

Two Shadows will premier at the Hua Hin International Film Festival in Thailand.

SYNOPSIS

Long Beach hipster wannabe Sovanna receives a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive. Ditching her dead-end lifestyle and alcoholic father, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. With guidance from a quirky motorbike driver named Munny, Sovanna launches her search into the dark corners of Cambodia. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger.

OFFICIAL SITE: www.twoshadowsmovie.com

The Khmerican’s Must Watch Top 12
January 04, 2012

1. PRACH LY, RAPPER

This year’s top honor goes to Khmer America’s most influential citizen, praCh Ly. In over a decade of work and service, we witnessed the Long Beach native continue to rise in the arts and the community. Already with two successful full albums, praCh released the critically acclaimed third album “Dalama 3: Memoirs of the Invisible War” in 2008 to high praise (and even a death threat). According to “The Strand” of BBC, “Memoirs” is “one of the best and [most] important albums I have heard.” Outside his music, praCh is a pillar in Long Beach’s Cambodian American community through his dedication to the Cambodian Coordinating Council and Cambodia Town initiative. In late 2011, the Cambodian American Business Association recognized praCh with the “Successful Business, Entrepreneurship and Community Service Excellence” Award. We can only speculate what 2012 has in store for praCh, but we assure you, there will be much fanfare surrounding everything he touches.
- the Khmerican

MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
Cover: praCh.Ly
Vol. 34 (2009) through current issue

MELUS, a prestigious and rigorous journal in the field of multi-ethnic literature of the United States, has been a vital resource for scholarship and teaching for more than thirty years. Published quarterly, MELUS illuminates the national, international, and transnational contexts of U.S. ethnic literature. Articles in MELUS also engage newly emerging art forms such as graphic narrative and internet blogs, as well as multi-ethnic film, history, and culture. By including interviews with well established authors such as Maxine Hong Kingston and Richard Rodriguez, as well as more recent writers such as Junot Díaz, Cynthia Kadohata, and Diana Abu-Jaber, MELUS plays a pivotal role in the field of U.S. Ethnic Literature and is an indispensable resource for students, teachers, and scholars. show less

Published by: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States


MELUS/Muliti-Ethnic Literature of the United States. MELUS is sponsored by: University of Connecticut, Clark University, Florida Atlantic University, and California State University of Fresno.
Born into the Killing Fields under the Khmer Rouge, Prach Ly escaped to Long Beach, Calif.

Growing up on the dividing line between Long Beach and Compton, he responded to the music of the era and became one of the first Cambodian hip hop artists.

Video by Mae Ryan

CLICK BANNER TO VIEW THE 7MINS TRAILER!

Currently in post-production, 'OTHER WALLS 2 FALL' continues the story of how music continues as a force for freedom and liberation through-out the world. It is about music's power to break down political and institutional barriers - in this case, to penetrate and transform closed and oppressive societies. The music industry itself became another wall that fell before the exploding power of the internet.


'OTHER WALLS 2 FALL' features appearances by comtemporary music stars such as rapper Busta Rhymes, country music star Clint Black, new age music celebrity Yanni, Christian rocker Lincoln Brewster, and a host of other up-and-coming musical talents from America and around the world.



In addition to interviews with dissidents and musicians from Iran, Pakistan, and Cambodia, including a one-of-a-kind interview with the heavy metal band "Sacrificed Squad" from inside Tehran, the film also includes
interviews and music from Cambodian rapper praCh Ly,who is on a death list from his government, and Pakistani star Salman Ahmad, known as the "Bob Dylan of Islam."

All the musicians - well known celebrities or foreign stars - speak to the power of music in the international arena to change hearts and shatter walls. Interviews include performance video as well.


Shot entirely in digital format,'OTHER WALLS 2 FALL' will run 56 minutes, perfect for domestic and international television formats. All funding and investment is through the Limited Liability Company, 'OTHER WALLS 2 FALL LLC' and is handled through a private placement offering.

"Full Monday Moon captures the Cambodian-American experience, a conglomeration of varied cultural influences. The album ... more isn’t purely one thing, and neither is contemporary Khmer identity—it’s a heady, explosive mix that creates something new, both loyal to its influences and different from them." ~Cambodian Alliance For the Arts

Bochan's debut album "Full Monday Moon" now available on Bandcamp.com / bochan.bandcamp.com/ Get the early bird special - download the entire 11 track LP here first before it hits iTunes, Amazon, etc. for only $7!

praCh Headlining Solebury School for a lecture and performance on 11/15/11.

Solebury School's Chorus of over 100 students will be assisting praCh on a song titled "one".

Here (below) is some info on what lead praCh to attend Solebury School.

Solebury School’s Chorus Director, Phyllis Arnold, was always fascinated with the Holocaust, and never understood how the world population did not know what was going on in Germany at that time.

“How could they not listen to the stories of people that had escaped? How could they be so blind to the cries of millions?” said Arnold. “Was it that they didn’t want to see it? Was the Nazi propaganda machine too overpowering? There have been genocides since throughout recorded history. And in spite of what we all know, they still seem to go on today.”...

The first song, Out of the Poison Tree, is actually a rap piece that will be arranged as a spoken word poem, and was composed by rapper Prach Ly, born in secret in a Cambodian concentration camp in 1979 during the Communist Party of Kampuchea or Khmer Rouge regime. His parents managed to escape Pol Pot’s Cambodia, walking miles to eventual freedom from the killing fields. Ly’s music reflects those experiences. He has agreed to come to Solebury School in November to share his story with students.

Read full story: "Click Here"

Congratulation praCh for receiving the 'Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition' from Congresswoman Laura Richardson. California's 37th District for the "contribution to the Cambodian community in the City of Long Beach.

Long Beach Cambodia Town signs recognize ethnic neighborhood

By Greg Mellen, Staff Writer
Updated: 07/16/2011 10:17:54 PM PDT
(Scott Varley / Staff Photographer)


Press-Telegram

LONG BEACH — It's a simple sign, but it took almost a decade to get there.

On Saturday, about 100 residents and dignitaries gathered to officially unveil one of two signs that proclaim the Cambodia Town area of Long Beach on the southeast corner at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Anaheim Street.

"This has taken a long time," said Councilman Dee Andrews, in whose 6th District most of Cambodia Town is located. "This is long overdue, long overdue for a little small sign."

Also on hand were leaders in the Cambodian community, from Richer San and Sithea San, the outgoing head of Cambodia Town Inc., to Kimthai Kuoch and Sara Pol-Lim, who head up the Cambodian Association of America and United Cambodian Community, respectively.

Read full story : http://www.mujestic.com/events/v/6/16/2011?eid=8085


I AM ALIVE IN LOS ANGELES!!

PraCh Ly & CORRUPTION

by: Mike Sonksen aka Mike the PoeT
June 17th, 2011

“I love Long Beach,” PraCh Ly tells me, “I love the people.” PraCh Ly is Long Beach’s next legend. The Cambodian-American rapper is a leader and visionary. It all started when one of his demo tapes he passed around to a few of his friends somehow found its way to Cambodia. Soon enough over a million copies were bootlegged throughout the country. By producing a bilingual album packed with meaning and history, he electrified his homeland with lyrics that are relentless, yet thoughtful. Some have called him the Bob Marley of Cambodia comparing him to freedom fighters like Fela Kuti...(click here)to read full story.
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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to recognize, appreciate,and celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture of Asian Americans. This event is a nationally recognized celebration designated by former U.S Presidents and Congress. It is intended to mark the importance of Asian Americans within our communities.

PREMIERE EVENT CELEBRATING ASIAN AMERICANS

Celebrate Asia 2010 was a night of entertainment filled with celebrities from various Asian countries, flying to Jacksonville, Florida, especially to support this inaugural event. It was a fun-filled festivity showcasing dancing lions and dragons, Asian celebrities, live Asian music, traditional Asian cuisine, ballroom dancing and more… all in Jacksonville, Florida. We party with our Asian celebrities from as far as Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore!

Cambodian Writers in Spotlight for US Literary Festival
Im Sothearith, VOA Khmer | Washington, DC  Monday, 21 March 2011

A group of Cambodian writers were the focus of a four-day literary festival at a US university last week, with some saying that despite what they see as threats to their safety and economic woes, they’ll continue their work.

Poets, playwrights, musicians and novelists all had a chance to participate in a number of discussions at Brown University, in Providence, R.I., providing a rare glimpse into Cambodia’s oft-ignored literary world.

“If we are born a lotus, we cannot become something else,” said Tararith Kho, a 38-year-old Cambodian who is a fellow at Brown’s International Writers Project this year. “It is our nature. I think I am not the one who must face the dangers of this profession, for I don’t have weapons. I don’t commit robberies. I’m just a writer. I write about the social problems I see.” *- click pic to read full story

link : KHMER Version w/ Audio interview

Khmer Voices Rising

An International

Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival

March 14th - 17th

Novelist Alan Lightman, playwright David Rabe and Cambodian-American hip-hop musician praCh Ly will headline an upcoming multi-day festival celebrating the literature and culture of Cambodia at Brown University, March 14 – 17.

“Khmer Voices Rising:  An International Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival,” presented by Brown’s International Writers Project and Literary Arts Program, will include readings by Cambodian, Vietnamese and American writers; panels on freedom of expression featuring writers, scholars, and free expression advocates from around the world (including representatives of International PEN and PEN America); and film showings, music, and plays.      For a full schedule of events and to learn more about the festival participants, please click here.

 About the IWP

The events of “Khmer Voices Rising:  An International Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival” explore the cultural and artistic heritage of Tararith Kho, who last spring was named Brown’s seventh International Writing Fellow.  A Cambodian poet, publisher, and educator Kho has been instrumental in the founding of PEN-Cambodia.  As Co-Founder of the Nou Hach Literature Project and of an affiliated journal that published fiction, essays, and poetry sometimes critical of the Cambodian government, Kho was subjected to threatening anonymous phone calls and emailed death threats which forced him to resign from the Project in January, 2010.  With the aid of Brown’s International Writers Project Fellowship, which each year provides a stipend and working space to writers who have been subjected to political harassment, imprisonment, or threats in their homelands, Kho and his family were enabled to leave Cambodia and relocate to Providence in summer, 2010.  He will be in residence at Brown for the 2010-11 academic year.

The festival is sponsored by the International Writers Project with support from Literary Arts, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Creative Arts Council and the Vice President of International Affairs.

“Khmer Voices Rising” is sponsored by the International Writers Project with support from Brown’s Creative Arts Council, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Literary Arts Program, and the Office of International Affairs.


THE 'RICE FIELD OF DREAMS' WORLD PREMIERE!

Daron Ker's 'Rice Field of Dreams' had it World Premiere on April 13th at the 4th Street Art Theatre in Long Beach California. It was a packed house. The film ended to a standing ovation,.and after the screening there was Q&A with the filmmakers, then a live performances to end the festive night. Here are some pictures from the event.

"ENCOUNTERS OF THE EVIL KIND"


Written by: praCh.

Produced by: DJ ADA and praCh.
music for the extend version of the movie.
‘ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE’
Commissioned by: Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath
use for special screening, performed by: praCh.
OLD STREET FILMS / MUJESTIC RECORDS



intro- movie soundbite: Thet Sambath
“My project is to find out why so  many people died in the Killing Fields.
cut/ “my work is very dangerous !


(verse.1.)

So he packed his bags, sad but smiles.
Hugs his wife and kisses his child.
Not sure when he’ll be back, gone for awhile,
Where to? Into the wild.
Lifestyle can lose his wife,
Dangerous, can lose his life.
Focused, never losing sight,
Through the darkness of days, twilight of night.
Got to the farmland, and the rice paddies.
They showed him the ditches where they dumped the bodies.
Decomposing corpses make the water bubbly,
No remorse, just seeking sympathy.
Descriptions so chilling, so vividly raw,......

(click picture to listen to song and read full lyrics )


With all the controversy circulating Mr.
SAM RAINSY. I am jumping into the eye of the storm. He have granted me an exclusive interview. He is currently in EXILE. I went one on one with the man whom millions around the world say he COULD and SHOULD be the next PRIME MINISTER of CAMBODIA.

Interviewed by
: praCh.ly


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click TANK to read the early reviews of praCh's highly anticipated upcoming album
DALAMA 3 ..."memoirs of the invisible war"
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