Author: Portland Center for Public Humanities
Posted: January 16, 2012

Documentary produced in Portland, Oregon features the stories of survivors of Cambodian genocide

PORTLAND, OREGON 16 April 2012.  The Portland Center for Public Humanities presents an acclaimed film by the Cambodian-American Community of Oregon On May 8, 2012 at 7 pm in 238 Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway). This event is free and open to the public. 

The “OH” Project, An Oral History: Healing from the Cambodian Genocide is a moving documentary about the experiences of survivors of the Cambodian genocide of 1975-79. The film features intergenerational interviews of survivors by their children and grandchildren, all now living in the state of Oregon. The survivors’ narratives of familial disruption and violence are interwoven with accounts of strength, resourcefulness, and love.  By telling their stories and grieving their losses together, the narrators and their interviewers move through a powerful process of healing and regeneration. Historical footage and photographs frame the narratives with a cogent re-telling of the history of the Pol Pot regime, giving a vivid context for the suffering endured by millions of Cambodians at the time. 

The OH Project was produced in collaboration with SpinFilm in 2008 with support from the Northwest Health Foundation, Vision Into Action, and Portland State University. The film was recognized by the Oral History Association in 2010 as an outstanding community based oral history project. This screening and panel discussion is a collaboration between the Cambodian-American Community of Oregon, the Public Humanities Center, and PSU’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project and is co-sponsored by the Department of English at PSU and the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. The partners hope to foster learning and dialogue about the issues of genocide, war, trauma, and survival in a comparative global context.