Salem & Lynn, MA, Feb 19, 2016

The Salem Film Fest is pleased to announce the screening of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor on Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 8 pm at CinemaSalem at One East India Square, Salem, MA.

The 87-minute documentary will be followed by a question and answer period with the California-based filmmaker, Arthur Dong.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at salemfilmfest.com or at the box office during hours of operation. Tickets often sell out in advance. There will be another screening of the film on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 from 1-4pm at the Lynn Museum, at 590 Washington Street, Lynn, MA. Following the screening will be a question and answer period with the director. A translator will be available. This screening is free and open to the public with light refreshments.

The version of the film that will screen at the Lynn Museum is dubbed in Khmer with English subtitles. The version that will screen at CinemaSalem is entirely in English.

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, chronicles the life, times & murder of Dr. Ngor, a Cambodian genocide survivor and Oscar-winning actor. When Dr. Haing S. Ngor was forced into labor camps by the Khmer Rouge, little did he know he would escape four years of torture and be called upon to recreate his experiences in a film that would earn him an Academy Award. For the Chinese-Cambodian doctor, “Nothing has shaped my life as much as surviving the Pol Pot regime.” Dr. Ngor used his Hollywood celebrity status to become the de facto “face of Cambodia” and commanded global attention to the devastation of his homeland.

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor is a singular documentary on one of the most well-known survivors of the Cambodian genocide. It uses an iconic movie, The Killing Fields, as a springboard to combine history and biography into a dramatic transnational narrative. The feature-length film fuses animation with the spoken word, interlacing a rich palette of archival material. Anchored by an adaptation of Ngor’s richly layered autobiography, Survival in the Killing Fields, the film serves as a personal indictment of the global politics that were thrust upon Southeast Asia, and the consequences that continue to surface today.

 The Salem Film Fest is an all-documentary film fest and is in its 9th year. It will run from March 3 – 10th, 2016. Over 35 feature-length documentaries will screen, with over 20 filmmakers and or subjects will be in attendance for Q&As following the films.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: The movie was produced, directed, written, and edited by Oscar-nominated and triple-Sundance award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong. Funding for Dong’s work has been received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and many more. 

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