Monkey Dance

Their parents escaped Cambodia's killing fields — now dance helps three teens survive the minefields of urban America.

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Premiere Date
May 1, 2006
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Julie Mallozzi

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The Film

Three Cambodian American teenagers come of age in a world shadowed by their parents' nightmares of the Khmer Rouge. Traditional Cambodian dance links them to their parents' culture, but fast cars, hip consumerism, and new romance pull harder. Gradually coming to appreciate their parents' sacrifices, the three teens find a balance between their parents' dreams and their own.