Still I Strive is a story of transcendence through compassion, unity and hope. At one orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the performing arts are the path to healing and transformation. Guided by their matriarch Peng Phan, a renowned actress in her own right, the children aspire to achieve one of the highest honors in Cambodian society, to perform in front of Princess Bopha Devi as a symbol of their culture and heritage. Interspersed throughout the documentary are narrative film sequences featuring the children as actors. With an epic battle at the opening, a chase scene through the forest, horror sequences, and melodrama, the narrative parallels the documentary of the children's tragic back stories. By weaving facts with fiction, reality with dreams, the film reveals where these lines ultimately merge by its conclusion. The journey mirrors the travails of the nation as it struggles to leave behind the unprecedented destruction of human dignity, the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge era...Written by
We went to quad cinema today on west 13th street in NYC to see Still I Strive.
I brought my two kids (11 and 8 years old) and we all thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. I have been traveling to Cambodia for 24 years and working there for 14. Cambodia is a country that most of the world knows little about but a short 30 years ago suffered incredible genocide. But today, right now, the children of that generation are still struggling to survive each day and rebuild their country.
I highly recommend you take the short 1.5 hours out of your day to see a real and important story about the children of Cambodia.
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