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One former child soldier shows how he came to grips with what he witnessed
under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and what he carries with him.
One former child soldier shows how he came to grips with what he witnessed under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and what he carries with him.
61 backers pledged $15,827 to help bring this project to life.

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There are an estimated 300,000 child soldiers worldwide. This film shows how one of them came to grips with his childhood experiences, what he witnessed, and carried with him as he came of age. Child Soldier: Sayon's Story tells the story of a former child-soldier under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.  Abducted at the age of six, he is now a community activist in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Sayon Soeun appears to be living the Khmer-American dream alongside his wife, her extended family, and a thriving Khmer community.  However, painful questions persist concerning the years he spent under the brutal authority of the Khmer Rouge.  After 35 years of absence, he recently made contact with three brothers and a sister he had assumed were dead.  Sayon will follow up when he returns to Cambodia where he will search for the truth about a family he barely remembers and come to terms with his own experiences as a witness to genocidal crimes.  He will be able to appreciate his cultural heritage, looted by the Khmer Rouge - the magnificent temples of Angkor.

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    You will receive a digital file of a printable traditional Cambodian recipe card with an image of a Cambodian scene, along with a handwritten note by Co-Producer Sopheap Theam.

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    Thank you for supporting our documentary! We will mail you a set of five postcards of colorful Cambodian photographs shot by our very own Co-Producer Sopheap Theam.

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    You will receive a beautiful, cotton Krama (traditional scarf) from Cambodia.

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    Two VIP tickets to our New York or Lowell screening premiere and reception for "Child Soldier: Sayon's Story." You will also receive a beautiful, unique Khmer-inspired shopping bag designed and sewn by Co-Producer Sopheap Theam.

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    You will receive a DVD of our completed film "Child Soldier: Sayon's Story" signed by the Director and wrapped in a beautiful silk ikat scarf from Cambodia.

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    Your name on the program, in the "Special Thanks" credit roll on our finished film, a DVD of our finished film, and 2 tickets to the premiere and reception in the Boston or New York/New Jersey area.

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    You will receive a DVD copy of our completed film "Child Soldier: Sayon's Story," your name on our credit roll, and a complimentary lunch with Co-Producer Sopheap Theam and/or Director Janet Gardner.

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    You will receive a DVD copy of our completed film "Child Soldier: Sayon's Story," your name on our credit roll, and a complimentary DINNER with Co-Producer Sopheap Theam or Director Janet Gardner.

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    Your name will be listed as an underwriter in our credit roll.You will receive a finished DVD of "Child Soldier: Sayon's Story," and a painting of either a Cambodian mythological (i.e. Reamker) scene, temple scene (Angkor Wat), or a general Cambodian landscape. Your 18" x 24" artwork on canvas will be painted by Cambodian elders that work with Light of Cambodian Children, an organization located in Lowell, MA, which encourages under-served young people to seek higher education, become self-sufficient, and serve as positive role models in our communities. Out of your donation, we will pay the artist a fee.

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