As part of the awareness of Cambodia's history and understanding of its tragic past, we will be showing the Academy Award winning movie "The Killing Fields."
Tonight, Tuesday April 14, 7:00 pm
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN
The movie summary can be taken from the movie poster above that says:
He was a reporter for the New York Times.
He covered the Cambodian War with his camera
and wrote about it from his heart.
His coverage would win him
a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
But the friend who made it all possible
couldn't be by his side.
He was half the world away
with his life in great danger.
This a story of war and friendship,
the anguish of a country and
of one man's will to live.
The 1984 movie is based on the book"The Death and Life of Dith Pran" by Sydney Schanberg, also described as"a story about Cambodia" told through his friendship with Cambodian photographer Dith Pran. The movie adapts this story of the country and the friendship in fine form credited in large part to the performance of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who although an untrained actor, was a survivor of the Killing Fields and drew from those real life experiences.
For a detailed movie plot visit the wikipedia page. For the movie trailer, click on the sidebar title under Cambodia. Please enjoy today's song "Imagine" by John Lennon, which plays at the end of the movie during the emotional reunion scene.
Please note that the film has very graphic images.
The film also ranks 30th on the 100 Greatest Tearjerkers.
References: Article"SCREEN: TALE OF DEATH AND LIFE OF A CAMBODIAN" by Vincent Canby, Published: November 2, 1984 in the New York Times