PCI and NY’s QUADCINEMA presents

A FILM BY ADAM PFLEGHAAR AND A. TODD SMITH

CRITIC’S PICK: THE VILLAGE VOICE http://www.villagevoice.com/2014-05-07/film/still-i-strive-documentary-review

91 minutes / Not rated / Language: Khmer With English Subtitles / www.stillistrive.com
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STILL I STRIVE
OPENS MAY 9 – 15
NY’S QUAD CINEMA
34 West 13th St./NYC / www.quadcinema.com

“An epic tale….This film-within-the-film dovetails into a brilliant, emotionally coherent whole. The directors elevate the picture to a level of emotional genius by filming the children’s play as a full-on cinematic adaptation, shot and edited with seriousness and polish….Astonishing!”
– Chris Packham, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Inventively edited and elegantly lensed…rousing original songs and a lovely score….The power of performing arts to restore hope to damaged
young lives is marvelously captured.”
– VARIETY

SYNOPSIS: In this uniquely structured documentary, filmmakers weave fact with fiction and reality with dream images, to tell the story of healing and transformation through the performing arts. Guided by their patron, renowned actress Peng Phan, the children of the NACA orphanage, the National Action Culture Association in Phnom Penh, work to achieve one of the highest honors in Cambodian society, to perform before the Princess Bopha Devi, a symbol of their culture and heritage. The children have created an original performance that combines royal Cambodian and traditional dances with original melodrama/songs that date back to the Khmer Empire. With its epic battles, forest chases, sequences of horror and tales of heroism, the play parallels the children’s harrowing backstories and mirrors the travails of Cambodia itself as it struggles to leave behind the monstrous legacy of the Khmer Rouge. A story of transcendence through compassion and creative collaboration, STILL I STRIVE celebrates a new generation confronting and transcending the memory of the past, turning toward a peaceful and productive future.

STILL I STRIVE Opens Friday, MAY 9
QUADCINEMA – 34 West 13th Street / (212) 255-2243 / www.quadcinema@aol.com
Screening times: 1:15 3:10 5:10 7:15 9:35

FILMMAKER ADAM PFLEGHAAR AND A. TODD SMITH ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS AND
WILL ATTEND SELECTED SCREENINGS for Q&A
FOR SCHEDULE: http://www.quadcinema.com/coming-soon/

NYC CONTACT: ANNE BORIN PR – annefilm@aol.com / (212) 586-6367
OFFICIAL WEBSITE / TRAILER:www.pioneercinema.com Producer : James Lee – Founder Summit Foundation: http://summitcambodia.org/

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