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CAAMFest 2015

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

Directed by Arthur Dong

Special Presentations / USA / 2015 / 87 mins / English with English subtitles / DCP / World Premiere

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The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

Castro Theatre
March 15, 2015 4:10 pm Not Available

Precedes:
Centerpiece Reception

Castro Theatre
March 15, 2015 6:00 pm Not Available

Description

Dr. Haing S. Ngor, the only Asian to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, was recruited out of the blue by a casting agent at a wedding to play the heartrending role of Cambodian photographer Dith Pran in Roland Joffé’s 1984 film THE KILLING FIELDS. Ngor drew on his own experiences as a four-year survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s labor camps, where he endured gruesome torture and hard labor while his family, including his wife and unborn son, died around him. Though he continued acting, Ngor retrained the spotlight on Cambodia, traveling worldwide to speak out against Pol Pot’s regime and the Vietnamese occupation of his country that followed. He became such a powerful voice that specters of conspiracy still haunt his untimely 1996 death. Veteran doc-maker Arthur Dong unspools Ngor’s phenomenal life with original animation, rare archival material and newly shot footage inspired by his autobiography Survival in the Killing Fields. Following the screening, join director Arthur Dong at the Centerpiece Reception.

 Jackson Scarlett

Expected Guests in Attendance:

Arthur Dong (Director)

Jack Ong (Subject)

Sophia Ngor Demetri (Subject)

Wayne Ngor (Subject)

Co-Presenters:  CAL Humanities , Chinese Historical Society of America & San Francisco State University, Asian American Studies DepartmentDevata Giving Circle, & Center for Justice & Accountability


Precedes

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    Centerpiece Reception

    Celebrate opening weekend in style at the historic Castro Theatre mezzanine. Grab a handcrafted Remy Martin cocktail and clink glasses with the nearest stranger — after all, you never know who you might rub elbows with. Director Shonali Bose and Spotlight Honoree Arthur Dong in attendance.

    Preceded by: The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

    Precedes: Margarita, With a Straw


Dates & Times

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

Castro Theatre
March 15, 2015 4:10 pm Not Available

Precedes:
Centerpiece Reception

Castro Theatre
March 15, 2015 6:00 pm Not Available

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