Public Television Stations to Broadcast Award-Winning Film, Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey, To Coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War and Beginning of the Cambodian Genocide
Premieres nationally beginning April 23, 2015 (check local listings)
The Cambodian Genocide, carried out by the Pol Pot-led Khmer Rouge regime, marked a dark period in Cambodia’s history, with the death of an estimated 1.7 million people from 1975 – 1979. The award-winning film Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey – premiering nationally on public television stations beginning April 23, 2015 (check local listings) – tells the story of that horrific genocide through the eyes of a former Khmer Rouge child soldier.
In New York, Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey will premiere on Thursday, April 30 at 10:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.
The broadcast joins a week-long slate of public television programming related to Vietnam to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime that toppled the government of Cambodia in 1975.
The Khmer Rouge abducted Sayon Soeun at the age of six and used him as a child soldier in their brutal civil war. In this film, Sayon tells his own story, confronting his childhood experiences and revealing what he witnessed and struggled with as he came of age. Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey details Sayon’s recovery and the redemption he’s undergone since being taken in by an American family in 1983.
More than 30 years after leaving Cambodia, Sayon returns to meet people who claim to be his family and come to terms with what he went through. We will watch as Sayon struggles to heal his wounds and forgive the family he felt abandoned him. He must also forgive himself for his complicity as a Khmer Rouge child soldier.
Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey is a production of The Gardner Documentary Group and a presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Janet Paxton Gardner is co-producer and director. Sopheap Theam is co-producer. Mitsuko Brooks is coordinating producer. Kevin Cloutier is cinematographer. Michael Grenadier is editor of this 57 minute version. For THIRTEEN: Stephanie Carter is producer.
Janet Paxton Gardner founded The Gardner Group, Inc., to direct and produce documentaries that emphasize the human experience in the context of historic events. Her previous films include Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story, which won a CINE Golden Eagle; Precious Cargo, produced in association with ITVS (PBS/ National Geographic Channels International); Dancing Through Death (PBS/ STAR-TV); Emmy-nominated A World Beneath the War (PBS/ Discovery Channels International); and The Last Ghost of War (PBS/PBS International).
Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey is made possible by Theodore Edson Parker Foundation, William Froelich Foundation, Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Charitable Foundations Trust, Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, Inc., Enterprise Bank & Trust Company, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Geraldine Kunstadter and others.
For further information about Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey, visit lostchildthefilm.org. The website was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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