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Socheata Poeuv didn't know that her family survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. She journeys to Cambodia to find the truth about her family's past.
Socheata Poeuv is the CEO of Khmer Legacies, an organization whose mission is to create a video archive about the Cambodian genocide. Khmer Legacies has a goal of videotaping the testimonies of thousands of Cambodian survivors, having children interview their parents. Poeuv was selected as a 2007 Echoing Green Fellow and is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale… Show more University Genocide Studies Program. She co-founded Broken English Productions in New York City and worked on the staff at NBC News Dateline and with ABC News World News Tonight Weekend and NBC News Today. Poeuv graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English literature from Smith College in 2002 and studied for a year at Hertford College, Oxford. Show less
Born in a Thai refugee camp on Cambodian New Year, filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the United States never knowing that her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. In New Year Baby, she embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth and to find out why her family's history had been buried in secrecy for so long.