Saturday, April 27, 2013

Khmer Rouge Child Soldier Lives Happily Ever After

The Gardner Documentary Group tandem at the heart of Lost Child: Sayon's Journey is an extremely impressive one.

Director-producer Janet Gardner has worked previously for NBC News and CBS News, as well as done print journalism stints for Cleveland's Plain Dealer and the New York Times. Cinematographer Kevin Cloutier meanwhile is a four-time Emmy Award winner with credits such as 60 Minutes and Bill Moyers Journal.

On Tuesday April 30th, Gardner will be back in her native Princeton, NJ for a free screening of Lost Child at the local public library. Joining her for the Q&A will be Rutgers University anthropology professor Alex Hinton and co-producer Sopheap Theam. The documentary's central subject, Sayon Soeun, was abducted at age six and put into servitude as a member of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.


From the film's official website:

Painful questions persist concerning the years Sayon Soeun spent under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. After more than 35 years, he recently made contact with five brothers and a sister he assumed were dead. They say that they are sure he is their brother "Yon."
Sayon will follow these clues to Cambodia where he searches for the truth about a family he barely remembers and comes to term with his own experiences as a witness to genocide. The above picture is all that Sayon had left from his family in Cambodia.

The best part about all this is that Sayon now lives, happily, in Lowell, Massachusetts with the aforementioned Theam and four dogs. Another wonderful testament to the indomitable strength of the human spirit.

[The Gardner Documentary Group]

Previously on FilmStew:
Cambodia's Forgotten Killing Field

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