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Seasons of Migration

Seasons of Migration is a documentary about Sophilene Cheam Shapiro's four part classical Cambodian dance about the stages of culture shock. It blends the dance with commentary about the music and choreography, and personal stories of emigration and culture shock from Cambodian-American residents of Long Beach, California (the largest Cambodian city outside of Cambodia). A second video presents the complete dance, shot with multiple cameras. The dance is interesting for its use of a classical vocabulary to address contemporary themes. It was produced by John Shapiro of the Khmer Arts Academy.


2007 Dance on Camera Festival, New York
2007 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, Taipei
2007 Everglades International Film Festival, Dargle, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
2007 Cinemekong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2007 Cambofest, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap, Cambodia
2008 Eugene International Film Festival, Oregon
2008 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival, California
2008 Strategies From Within: An Exhibition of Vietnamese & Cambodian Contemporary Art Practices, Shanghai, China
2008 Apsara: Spirit Of Cambodia (Exhibition), Siem Reap, Cambodia
2008 Nominee: Asian Pacific Screen Awards, Gold Coast, Australia