A series of October 2014 sidewalk and street screenings in Phnom Penh and in the rural Cambodian countryside, demonstrated conclusively a striking level of popular local support for this pioneering onscreen supernatural historical drama.
|FREEDOM DEAL J "Jack RO" Rosette in Cambodia, Oct 2014|
Utilizing a network of volunteers operating battery powered Pico projections systems, and supported by two Beta-stage, CUDA accelerated PILGRIM media player systems (*designed by J "Jack RO" Rosette, director of CAMERADO and co-producer of FREEDOM DEAL - read more HERE), the successful October 2014 Cambodia screenings of FREEDOM DEAL conclusively demonstrated that the movie exhibits strong international crossover potential - bridging the gap between a local populist Asian sensibility and an international and Western moviegoing experience.
This military operation, launched jointly by US and Army of South Vietnam forces, drove into Cambodia to seek and destroy hidden North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries.
The Cambodia Incursion was widely considered to be a military success, in that it effectively reduced rearguard and flank activity on forces planning to depart Vietnam while providing the beleaguered Cambodian Lon Nol regime a ready supply of (captured) weapons. However, the operation was a political disaster for the Nixon administration which had previously articulated a plan to exit the Indochina conflict via a process of 'Vietnamization'.
In response to the Cambodian Incursion, protests erupted across the USA, culminating in the shooting deaths of students at Kent State and Jackson State Universities.
Yet....what was happening on the ground in Cambodia? What was the local Asian experience during this time?
For the first time ever onscreen, this pivotal moment in history is dramatized in FREEDOM DEAL from a local Cambodian point of view. The movie also features a supernatural folkloric twist, in the form of startling appearance of a spectral, vampiric floating head being known as an 'ARB' - appearing for the first time ever in a movie intended for international audiences.
Internationally, FREEDOM DEAL: Story of Lucky continues to ply the festival circuit, captivating many who know little about the 20th century conflicts in Indochina; a programmer at the USA based Highway 61 Film Festival sums up the reaction of many Westerners who encounter the FREEDOM DEAL project for the first time: