If somebody asked you to point out Rock n Roll on a map, Cambodia isn't the first place you'd look. Memphis maybe, London's Soho, but Cambodia?
As it turns out Rock n Roll was a huge hit with young people in the South East Asian country, so much so that an entire scene developed with its own music and pop stars, but it wasn't to last. The ruthless Khmer Rouge regime took over in 1975 and began wiping out all traces of Western influence. Artists and musicians were systematically targeted and eliminated in one of the most brutal genocides in history.
This film by John Pirozzi documents the time brilliantly, relaying the hope and tragedy which came to typify global events during the middle of the 20th century. Unsurprisingly, the soundtrack is immense.
Don't Think I've Forgotten, Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll is out now via Argot Films. Watch it here.