PROVIDENCE, RI - January 12, 2012 - How do you speak about the unspeakable? Activist, filmmaker and lecturer Socheata Poeuv will talk about her experience as a genocide survivor at JWU’s Schneider Auditorium on April 18.
Socheata PoeuvFilmmaker, activist, award-winning director of “New Year Baby”Wednesday, April 1811:30am, Schneider AuditoriumMs. Poeuv’s lecture is open to the public. Call 598-1400 to reserve.Her powerful film New Year Baby uncovers a dark period in Cambodia’s history — the genocide under the Khmer Rouge — and transforms it into a story of family, survival and hope. Junot Diaz, author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and one of last year’s Cultural Life speakers, calls “New Year Baby” “powerful and compassionate… nothing will move you like the resilience and extraordinary courage that this documentary reveals.” Ms. Poeuv’s lecture will include excerpts from “New Year Baby” and will conclude with a question-and-answer period.Currently a visiting fellow at Yale University, Ms. Poeuv is the founder of Khmer Legacies, a nonprofit dedicated to documenting the Cambodian genocide. About JWU’s Cultural Life SeriesSponsored by the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences, JWU’s Cultural Life Series welcomes authors, entrepreneurs, filmmakers and journalists to share their unique perspectives. This year, Socheata Poeuv, Amy Tan, Gwen Ifill of PBS join past speakers Junot Diaz, Tom Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, March author Geraldine Brooks and “No Impact Man” author Colin Beavan for conversations with JWU students.