The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is pleased to announce the addition of Cambodian director Davy Chou’s moving documentary GOLDEN SLUMBERS, about Cambodia’s moviemaking industry of the 1960s and early 1970s before it was virtually wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. The film is slated to screen on Tuesday, May 15, 4:45 PM at the CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles Koreatown; and will repeat on Sunday, May 20, 4:30 PM at The Art Theatre of Long Beach.
Paris-based director Davy Chou, the grandson of one of Cambodia’s pioneering directors of the 1960 and the founder of Kon Khmer Koun Khmer, a group of young Cambodian students and artists, is lated to attend the Film Festival and will introduce both screenings.
Of the nearly 400 films made in Phnom Penh between 1960 and 1975, only 30 survive today, and only some in exhibitable shape. The Khmer Rouge burnt them or allowed them to decay along with many of the country’s studios and cinemas. Most of those involved in the film industry became victims of the genocide. Director Chou uses his film to reconstruct the country’s cinematographic legacy. He goes about his work like an archaeologist, recognizing how impossible it is to actually speak to survivors about a life’s work destroyed but not forgotten. GOLDEN SLUMBERS undertakes a painstaking search for fragments of memory in the present, whether in the form of lobby cards, songs on YouTube or a visit to a karaoke bar housed in what used to be a film studio, and gradually coalesces into a strikingly vibrant memorial.
For tickets and program information, please visit the film’s page here.
Trailer, GOLDEN SLUMBERS
A Documentary Film by Davy Chou