"A River Changes Course": Keynote Film Screening and Live Discussion with Executive Produce Youk Chhang
The Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, in partnership with the Documentation Center of Cambodia, will host a screening of the award-winning documentary, A River Changes Course, a film about the impact of globalization on Cambodia and its people.
The event is part of a long-standing partnership between CGHR and DC-Cam that includes the Cambodia Genocide Memory Project, a Public Information Room on the Newark Campus, and the Fall 2013 Justice in Cambodia speaker series. Youk Chhang, the Director of DC-Cam and a CGHR Senior Research Fellow who has been listed in the Time 100, will take questions about the film, for which he served as Executive Producer. Youk Chhang is a genocide survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s “killing fields.” He became DC-Cam’s leader in 1995, and is currently building on DC-Cam’s work to establish the Sleuk Rith Institute, a permanent hub for genocide studies in Asia, based in Phnom Penh.
Youk is also the co-editor of Cambodia’s Hidden Scars: Trauma Psychology in the Wake of the Khmer Rouge (2011) and the author of multiple articles and book chapters on Cambodia’s quest for memory and justice. Youk received the Truman-Reagan Freedom Award from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC in 2000. He was also named one of TIME magazine’s “60 Asian heroes” in 2006 and one of the “Time 100” most influential people in the world in 2007 for his stand against impunity in Cambodia and elsewhere.