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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Guest Lecture Series Presents Socheata Poeuv

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to present Socheata Poeuv and her film, New Year Baby, on Thursday, April 25th in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium of the Museum of Texas Tech.  This event is free and open to the public.  The film will be shown at 6:00pm, followed by a presentation by the Socheata and a Q&A session at 7:30pm.

An award winning filmmaker, scholar, and social activist, Socheata Poeuv is the founder and CEO of Khmer Legacies, an organization whose mission is to create a video archive of testimonies from survivors of the Cambodian genocide. Ms. Poeuv was born in a Thai refugee camp after her parents fled Cambodia in the midst of the Pol Pot regime. They emigrated to the U.S. when she was two years old. Her 2006 film, New Year Baby, documents her return to Cambodia to learn what happened to her family during the terror of the Khmer Rouge. The film has won multiple awards, including Amnesty International’s “Movies That Matter” Human Rights Cinema Award and the Crystal Heart Award for expressing “hope and respect for the positive values of life.” The film was broadcast nationally as part of PBS’s Independent Lens series.

The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.

This lecture series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  This event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Texas Tech.  For more information on the 2013 VNCA Guest Lecture Series see, or contact Mary Saffell at 806-742-9010 or

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