Cambodia and Its People Survived the Genocide of the Killing Fields; Can They Survive Globalization?

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Executive Producer Youk Chhang

Media are welcome to cover this event at Rutgers University, Newark, Oct. 29

Youk Chhang, who has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, has spent decades seeking justice for the millions killed during the 1970s Cambodian genocide. Today he is fighting to save his homeland from a new threat: the impact of rapid globalization.  He is executive producer of A River Changes Course, a documentary that examines the rapid changes and hard choices forced by globalization in Cambodia. The film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.  For more information on the film:

Chhang will screen and discuss his documentary at Rutgers University in Newark on Oct. 29, 6 -9 p.m., Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library, 185 University Ave., Newark. The film is open to the public; there is no charge.

 Chhang, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s “killing fields,” is executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) and a senior research fellow at the Rutgers-Newark Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR). A co-editor of Cambodia’s Hidden Scars: Trauma Psychology in the Wake of the Khmer Rouge, he has written extensively about Cambodia’s quest for justice.

Youk was 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 fight for accountability in Cambodia and elsewhere.

The screening of A River Changes Course is part of the “Justice in Cambodia” series of public programs co-sponsored by the CGHR and the DC-Cam.

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pictured: Sav Samourn in a scene from the film



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