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"A rich and defiant effort at recovery, showing that even the most murderous totalitarianism cannot fully erase the human drive for pleasure and self-expression."

New York Times - A.O. Scott (NYT Critics' Pick)


"As expressionistic as it is journalistic, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten triumphs as both an objective record and a poetic lament: It’s a film that’s every bit as entrancing and haunting as the lost music it celebrates."

A.V. CLUB (rating: A-)


"A rich patchwork tapestry of powerful and ebullient music."
Village Voice (Critics' Pick)


"That the documentary exists at all is a triumph."

Rolling Stone


"A fervent cry for the power of music."

Washington Post


"Riveting. At once exotic and familiar, intoxicating and revelatory."

Asbury Park Press


"Eye-opening and moving."
Chicago Reader


"Sometimes a music documentary reaches a state of transcendence. John Pirozzi’s new film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll is that kind of movie."

Phoenix New Times


"Resurrects and revives this ghost music, breathing life into it once again."

LA Weekly


"The music, the stuff of cultish collectors for decades, is thrilling."

Boston Globe


"More than a music documentary."
Spectrum Culture


"Very good and moving. Deserves the widest possible audience."

San Francisco Chronicle


"Heartbreaking. A tough but uplifting reminder that no matter what awful things humans do to each other, art survives."

Pittsburgh City Paper


"If Don't Think I've Forgotten is any indication, this Southeast Asian country has a lot of soul."

Hollywood Reporter


"A poignant and important reminder that art matters."

Austin Chronicle 


"A musical restoration of the country's history, a celebration of art, and an homage to those who paid for it with their lives."

The Stranger


"Both celebration and irresistible documentary exploration of the wonderfully lush and occasionally psychedelic popular music produced in Cambodia."

Memphis Commercial Appeal


"Beautiful, atmospheric and most of all lively."

Review Express


"There is a universal appeal."

The Seattle Times


"What a bold feat of a film this is! If you love music...then you need to see this film."


"Striking work."

Washington City Paper


"A brilliant cultural excavation, connecting survivors' memories to a generation's worth of energetic music."

East Bay Express


"Infectious music. Shattering."

Mother Jones


"Carries with it a sense of discovery so profound it’s practically archaeological."

Weekly Alibi


"Engaging and detailed. A kind of cultural restoration project."

Bay Area Reporter


"This story needs to be told, and this music needs to be heard."

Santa Fe New Mexican


"Makes the whole period come alive."

Film Journal International


"The sheer range of music on offer is astonishing."

The Dissolve


"A huge revelation for the music history books...Provides a completely refreshing new perspective."

–NBC Sound Diego


"A poetic remembering of a culture lost during war. Serves as an ode to gentle, loving people who suffered terribly, but somehow have kept their spirit."

Helena Independent Record


"Stunningly told and peerlessly edited. Lush with gorgeous sights and sounds."



"A celebration of music's resilient, lingering power."


"A fascinating, beautifully realized story that urgently needs telling."


"A labor of love that shines the spotlight on performers who made great music and whose legacy was almost erased."

Ink 19



Reel and Rock


"Crucial. A testament to human resilience."

Rochester City Newspaper


"Any admirer of historic footage will love the jewels to be found in this film."



"Cambodia's music scene had plenty to offer."

SF Weekly


"Employs clever animation and colorful sequences to capture the energy of the rock scene."

Folio Weekly


"Reminds us of music's essential role as cultural unifier."



"This film does a great job capturing this little known gem of history."

Madison Film Forum






"Fitting into a niche of heart-stirring music documentaries like 'Searching for Sugar Man' and '20 Feet From Stardom."

New York Times feature. Written by Ben Sisario


Video Review

New York Times


"Personal and detailed. This project was an extensive undertaking."



"Remarkable. The footage is a revelation."

Boston Globe


"The country’s music scene was special—a vital force in a rapidly changing nation."

Wall Street Journal


"The sound is thrillingly new for American audiences."

New Republic


"Revives a lost art. Bracing."

New York Daily News


"Paints a picture of...Phnom Penh as a vibrant city teeming with garage bands and rebellious rockers."



"Patches together the vibrant, fraught history of the Cambodian rock and roll scene."

Huffington Post


"A spellbinding survey of Cambodia’s lost era of psychedelia-infused lounge rock and roll. A high watermark of investigative journalism."

BOMB Magazine


"Insightful. Compelling."



"A real crowd-pleaser."

San Francisco Chronicle feature


“Goes beyond the sounds themselves to weave an emotional tale of how important music is to a society."

–O.C. Weekly

"Does the world a service in documenting the era."


"You can’t help but marvel at the power of (music) to sustain itself through the people who made it, and those who love it."

Al Jazeera America


"Part historical document, part celebration of a nearly lost form."

Columbus Alive


"Wonderful trove of well-edited archival footage."

Seattle Weekly


"Expertly weaves Cambodian history and political strife through the lens of rock and roll."

Bitch Magazine


"An essential document for anyone with an interest in the history of popular music from around the world."

Creative Loafing




All Things Considered



The Leonard Lopate Show




BBC World Service



Huffington Post Live


Sound Advice



Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet



Press Play with Madeleine Brand



Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan






Art Uncovered

BreakThru Radio


Off Ramp





Sound it Out


International Examiner


Killer Movie Reviews




Hannah Dunphy interviews Dr. LinDa Saphan

International Center for Transitional Justice


The Cambodia Daily


Bangkok Post


Phnom Penh Post


VOA News





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