Cambodia town film festival explores days before, during and after the Khmer Rouge

Rap music, “thug life,” mental health, refugee struggles and heritage protection are among the subjects explored during the seventh-annual Cambodia Town Film Festival (CTFF), which takes over the Art Theatre in Long Beach this weekend with new studio and independent features, documentaries, foreign features, short films, animated shorts, and a rereleased classic.

Besides motion pictures, CTFF includes special events and panel discussions with directors, producers, writers and actors. These filmmakers range from the emerging to the seasoned. “One of the key purposes of Cambodia Town Film Festival is to highlight the diversity of the Cambodian experience through the art of filmmaking,” state the founders. “By specifically featuring films that deal with Cambodian social-political conflicts, traditions, challenges and characters, the festival will deepen Cambodian values and encourage new dialogue on a global scale.”

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