Posted on October 17, 2013
Still I Strive tells the story of some of the most talented and inspired child artists on the planet, who just happen to be living at a unique orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Guided by their matriarch Peng Phan, a renowned actress in her own right, the children aspire to put on an original performance for the Royal Family of Cambodia. Along the way we get a glimpse into the children’s tragic pasts, inspiring triumphs, and incredible abilities as actors, singers, dancers, and action heroes. Interspersed throughout the documentary are narrative film sequences featuring the children as actors. By weaving fact with fiction, reality with dreams, it is revealed where these lines ultimately merge by the film’s conclusion.
Directed by Adam Pfleghaar and produced by James Lee, Still I Strive takes place at one amazing orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where the performing arts are the path to healing and transformation. Pioneer Cinema institute presents Still I Strive, a story of transcendence through compassion, unity, and hope. The children’s epic journey mirrors the travails of the nation as it struggles to leave behind the destruction of human dignity, the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge era. Together, they learn to overcome the past and create their future.
For more information about the film, please see the Still I Strive website.