The Flute Player


Episode Info

Arn Chorn-Pond, who survived Cambodia's Khmer Rouge genocide as a child, returns to his native land from his home in Massachusetts. His mission: "I'm trying to keep our music alive," he says, "because so much of our culture has been destroyed." Indeed, most Cambodian musicians were killed by the Khmer Rouge, so Arn (ironically, he survived because his captors needed someone to play propaganda songs) seeks out fellow survivors for his Cambodian Master Performers Program. They're seen recording and teaching, and recalling old horrors. Says Chek Mach, a successful opera singer who was literally forced to sing for her supper during the Khmer Rouge era: "When Pol Pot took over, everything stopped."