Movie Night in Canada: Cambodian documentary The Roots Remain returns for Asian Heritage Month

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      It's Asian Heritage Month and there's an upcoming screening that'll cover both Asian heritage and Canadian content.

      Back in April, Vancouver Asian Film Festival director Grace Chin gave us her recommendation when we asked her for a little-known Canadian cinematic gem.

      She chose The Roots Remain (Retour aux sources), a Canadian documentary that captures how Cambodian diasporic youth are returning to Cambodia to help the country rebuild in the wake of the devastation and genocide caused by the Khmer Rouge. More specifically, the film follows Montreal graffiti artist Fonki, who returns to Cambodia to paint a mural of his relatives who were killed during the genocide.

      The Roots Remain

      VAFF is celebrating its 20th year with the theme of homecoming and are kicking things off with a fundraising screening of this film.

      The event will include a panel discussion about Cambodian issues that will feature The Roots Remain filmmaker Andrew Marchand-Boddy, Lotus Outreach International representative Brian Pollard, and an Amnesty International Canada representative.

      It'll be held at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) on May 19.

      A reception before the screening, starting at 7 p.m., will feature Southeast Asian cuisine, a cash bar, and a silent auction.

      Tickets are $15 online ($20 at the door).