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VAFF 20 Kickoff fundrasier

Annual Programs


To celebrate the 20th year of VAFF, we are hosting a kickoff fundraiser with an encore screening of Canadian Feature The Roots Remain at Vancity Theatre. We are thrilled to be showcasing south east asian cuisine in celebration of May Asian Heritage Month at the reception before the film screening. A panel discussion on Cambodian arts & cultures will follow the film screening.


Andrew Marchand-Boddy, Director/Filmmaker, The Roots Remain

Don Wright, representative of Amnesty International Canada

Brian Pollard, representative of Lotus Outreach International

Moderator/Host: Lee Shorten

Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC

Date: May 19, 2016 (Thursday)


Door open & Reception 7:00 pm

Screening: 8:00 pm

Event Registration:

Tickets: $15 – online; $20 – door

The Roots Remain Synopsis: In an emotional tribute, Montreal graffiti artist Fonki returns to Cambodia to paint a giant mural of his relatives killed in the Khmer Rouge genocide. During his time there, he connects with a group of Cambodian youth who have also returned, hoping to breathe new life into their destroyed culture. Crafted from over 100 hours of HD footage, as well as 16mm newsreels and propaganda footage shot by the Khmer Rouge, the film follows one member of the Cambodian diaspora who discovers his roots in the heart of modern Cambodia.

Previous Screening / Awards:

Cambodia Town Film  Festival 2015 (Long Beach, CA), Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival 2015, 2015 Vancouver Asian Film Festival, 2015 Cambodia International Film Festival,

Best Documentary at The Victoria Film Festival in February 2016, and Best Emerging Director at The Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM).

Directors: Andrew Marchand-Boddy and Jean-Sébastien Francoeur

Running time: 77m



The Georgia Straight – Movie Night in Canada: Cambodian Documentary The Roots Remain returns for Asian Heritage Month
The Georgia Straight – Movie Night in Canada: VAFF’s Grace Chin on The Roots Remain
The Hollywood Reporter – The Roots Remain (‘Retour aux sources’) : Phnom Penh Review

Thank you to our generous partners:

explorASIAN (Asian Heritage Month Vancouver)

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Southeast Asian Cultural Hertiage Society (SEACHS)

Amnesty International Canada

Vancity Theatre

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