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In the Life of Music (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, History | 14 August 2020 (USA)
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In the Life of Music, a story told in three chapters, tells of how one song 'Champa Battambang,' made famous by Sinn Sisamuth (the King of Khmer Music), plays a role in the lives of three different generations.


Caylee So, Sok Visal
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Credited cast:
Ellen Wong ... Hope
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Small World Small Band Small World Small Band ... Music Band in the Village
Ratanak Ben Ratanak Ben ... Little Comrade
Daniel Chea Daniel Chea ... Montha
Socheat Chea Socheat Chea ... Samay
Sreynan Chea Sreynan Chea ... Phally
Arn Chorn-Pond Arn Chorn-Pond ... Mith
Chanta Chy Chanta Chy ... Sorya
Chansaron Duch Chansaron Duch ... Chan
Asanai Hang Asanai Hang ... Prum
Sareth Has Sareth Has ... Lam
Thouna Kanika Thouna Kanika ... Bopha
Sovuthy Ker Sovuthy Ker ... Older Vanny
Bonleap Khiev Bonleap Khiev ... Labor Camp Guard
Chandanich Kouy Chandanich Kouy ... Labor Camp Commander


In the Life of Music tells the story of how one song "Champa Battambang," a song made famous by Sinn Sisamouth (the King of Khmer Music), plays a role in the lives of three different generations. It is a feature narrative told in 3 chapters during 3 different decades, depicting the lives of people whose world is inevitably transformed by the emergence of the Khmer Rouge Regime. It is a powerful intergenerational tale that weaves through 37 years of Cambodia's ever-changing landscape. Written by Caylee So

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Three stories, 3 generations, 3 decades brought together by one song


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It was selected as the Cambodian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. See more »


Champa Battambang
Written by Sinn Sisamouth
Performed by Sinn Sisamouth
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Melody over madness - this film breaths love
8 May 2018 | by p_erlandson04See all my reviews

The miracle of this film that Caylee So and Sok Vishal brought into timeless existence, is that it breaths not only life into one of the darkest experiences of humanity - but exhales love. It draws on the creative prowess of young Cambodian actors, blends seamlessly a story told in both English and Khemer, and reverberates with hope that love, like music endures... I feel the partnership of Caylee and Sok who brought such breathtaking performances from the children actors in the film, with their talented crew of editor, cowriter, sound and cinemagraphic artists, in partnership with producers and the heart and soul of the Cambodian community in America, and those in Cambodia who made this film happen - achieved a beautiful miracle. This is a priceless addition to the film record of the contribution to our human family by Cambodia and Cambodians.

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14 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia


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$897, 16 August 2020

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