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In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

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In the Shadow of the Banyan
Vaddey Ratner

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Events

Kick-Off: Farm-to-Table Dinner: Flavors of Cambodia

Join Chef Allen at this special edition of his famed Farm-to-Table dinners. Listen to live music as you enjoy the flavors of Cambodia with fresh, organic produce brought directly from the Farmer's Market, right outside our doorstep, straight to your own table. Dinners are served Family-Style. Free copies of In the Shadow of the Banyan will be distributed to all diners.

Event Location: Books & Books Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd , Miami, FL 33132

Date: Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: In the Shadow of the Banyan

Cambodia in Film: Don't Think I've Forgotten

During the 60s and early 70s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed under the Khmer Rouge.

Event Location: O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127

Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: In the Shadow of the Banyan

Cambodia in Film: The Missing Picture

On April 17, 1975, the day the Khmer Rouge seized the capital, Phnom Penh, 13-year-old Rithy Panh, his family, and millions of other Cambodian citizens were driven from their homes into the hell of the Killing Fields. Mr. Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and narration to tell his story in this film in which the act of remembrance serves as a form of resistance.

Event Location: O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St , Miami, Fl 33132

Date: Sat, Apr 15, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: In the Shadow of the Banyan

The Origin of the Tiger: A Cinematic Shadow Puppetry Performance

The ancient art of shadow puppetry has been performed in Cambodia for thousands of years. The art form, nearly wiped out under the Khmer Rouge, has seen a revival in recent years. Using puppets made of large leather panels carved with intricate designs, puppeteers dance and move to music against a backlight to bring to life in silhouette the myths and stories of Cambodia. Created by artist Dan Walker, The Origin of the Tiger is based on a Cambodian folk tale of a king’s obsession with obtaining power and the consequences that follow.

Event Location: The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St. , Miami, FL 33132

Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: In the Shadow of the Banyan

Keynote address: In the Shadow of the Banyan: An Evening with Vaddey Ratner

Vaddey Ratner is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. In addition to delving into her own personal story of survival from the Khmer Rouge, Vaddey Ratner will address various themes in her novel such as hope and resilience, beauty and truth, and the redeeming power of art and storytelling. She will take questions from the audience and autograph books.

Event Location: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave , Coral Gables, FL 33134

Date: Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: In the Shadow of the Banyan

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