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"Lost Child -Sayon's Journey," a documentary about a former child soldier

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
John Cotton Dana Library

Dana Room

Speakers: 
Sayon Soeun, the subject of the film
Janet Gardner, producer
Sopheap Theam, co-producer
Dr. Alex Hinton, director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights
Admission:
Free
For more info:
Sandy Lanman
Dr. Alex Hinton, ahinton@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey, an award-winning documentary exploring the Cambodian genocide through the eyes of a former Khmer Rouge child soldier, will be shown, followed by a discussion featuring Sayon Soeun, the subject of the film; filmmaker Janet Gardner; co-producer Sopheap Theam; and Dr. Alex Hinton, professor of anthropology and global affairs at Rutgers-Newark.

Sayon Soeun was abducted at age 6 and exploited by the Khmer Rouge, his family life and education stolen. He was eventually rescued, sent to an orphanage in a refugee camp and then adopted by a loving American family. Now in his 40s, Soeun directs a charity called Light of Cambodian Children in Lowell, Mass., where he lives with his wife and child.

The 2013 film, winner of a Cine Golden Eagle Award, follows Soeun’s return to Cambodia where he finds family members who had lost but never forgotten him.