PUBLIC MEDIA PREMIERE
6th National Conference of the National Community and Restorative Justice in Oakland, CA at the Oakland Marriott, June 17, 2017
Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, May 26 & 27, 2017
UMASS, Asian American studies, November 15, 2016
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, November 12, 2016
Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, CA November 3, 2016
Born in Cambodia in 1975 during the bloody regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, filmmaker Mike Siv and his mother barely escaped the infamous “killing fields.” Growing up as a refugee in America, Mike has been haunted by the ghosts of memory ever since. “Our parents don’t want to talk about the past, and the next generation inherits the scars of their silence.” Thirty-five years later, Mike is given the opportunity to film a small group of Cambodian Americans who are civil parties in an historic trial against the Khmer Rouge. Given the opportunity to face the very criminals who forever changed their lives, the survivors are joined by an unexpected guest who happens to be the son of one of their most hated enemies.
Michael Siv (Director/Writer/Cinematographer/Editor):
At six years old, Michael Siv immigrated to San Francisco with his mother as refugees, leaving behind his father and brother in Cambodia. He became involved in filmmaking through an after-school media program located in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, run by the award-winning filmmaker Spencer Nakasako. At 24, he was featured in Nakasako’s film REFUGEE, documenting his return to Cambodia to meet his father and brother. Siv’s first documentary WHO I BECAME, was part of the “Matters of Race” series that premiered on national PBS in 2003. Siv is now undertaking DAZE OF JUSTICE as a culminating project through which he will establish himself as an independent documentary filmmaker.
Stephen Gong for CAAM, Spencer Nakasako, Jean Tsien (Executive Producers)
Don Young (Producer for CAAM)
Richard Parks (Cinematographer/Sound)
Lou Nakasako, Tiffany Peckosh (Editors)
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamedia.org.
IndieFest Award of Excellence, May 2016
Additional photos available upon request.
“Year Zero, Snap #812 – Tricknology” (Snap Judgment, May 26, 2017)
“‘Daze of Justice’ Explores Cambodia’s Trauma of Silence” (New America Media, May 17, 2016)
“A Filmmaker Searches for the Meaning of Justice” (VOA Cambodia, March 15, 2016)
“Seeking Justice after the Khmer Rouge Genocide” (KALW, March 8, 2016)
“Q&A With CAAMFest Directors” (San Francisco Chronicle, March 2, 2016)
Please contact momo[at]caamedia.org with any questions.