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