CONFRONTING THE PAST: Sayon Soeun was abducted at the age of 6 and forced to become a child-soldier under Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.
His journey included transition to an orphanage in a refugee camp, then adoption by an American family in Connecticut in 1983, at age 14.
Soeun eventually settled in Lowell, which has a large Cambodian population, and became a community activist. He serves as executive director of Light of Cambodian Children, a nonprofit seeking to improve the lives of children and immigrant families.
A new documentary of his life, “Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey” is being screened at Middlesex Community College in Lowell as part of its international film series on April 18.
Soeun will conduct a post-screening discussion.
After more than three decades, Soeun made contact with relatives he assumed were dead. He traveled to Cambodia to search for the truth about his family and to come to terms with the atrocities he saw and experienced as a child.
His sister-in-law Sopheap Theam, whose family escaped the Khmer Rouge genocide and emigrated to Connecticut, co-produced the film and traveled to Cambodia with Soeun.
In the film, he tells his story as he confronts his past, taking the viewer from the battlefields to the refugee camps and the challenges of resettlement.
The screening begins at 6 p.m. in the college’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus.
It is open to the public and free.
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ALL ACCESS: MHTV in Marblehead has been awarded top honors for overall excellence in public access television by the Northeast Chapter of the Alliance for Community Media.
The award recognizes a local cable station’s entire range of programming and responsiveness to community needs.
MHTV won in the small to mid-size station category.
It also won first place in the sports programming category.
“Marblehead Youth News” placed second in the children and youth category.
“This is a huge honor for Marblehead Community Access and Media,” said Joan Goloboy, MHTV’s executive director. “MHTV became a local nonprofit in 2009, and to reach the top in a few short years is tremendous validation of our work.
“While our board of directors stepped up to meet the challenges of running a nonprofit, our small staff of professionals, which includes programming coordinator Jon Caswell and production coordinator Bryan Nadeau, worked hard to reach this level.”
Goloboy said Caswell led a team of volunteers who covered more than 40 Marblehead High School sports games last year.
Nadeau is the lead technical consultant and trainer for the kids and parents who participate in “Marblehead Youth News”
“Ultimately, we depend upon the enthusiasm and commitment of our members, community producers, and volunteers, who contribute their time and talent to provide Marblehead with the best in community television,” said Goloboy.
“I would especially like to recognize the following volunteers whose work was represented in our winning entries: series producers Blake Larson, Pam Evans, Tom Gale, Paul Crosby, Ed Bell, and Robert Simonelli; sports crew Steve Clay, Chris Connelly, Zeke Bogosian, Mike Michaud, Gordon Vincent, Jimmy Monahan, Kirk Furey, Chuck Nyren, Bruce Ehrlich; “Marblehead Youth News” producers Darcy Mayers, Kim Schillinger, Jen Winch, and the kids of MYN.
Marblehead Community Access and Media is a membership-based nonprofit that operates MHTV. MHTV offers hands-on video production training, and access to equipment for the production of programming seen on Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel 28.
WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Connie Truong of Lawrence, a senior at Pingree School in South Hamilton, is this year’s recipient of the
Princeton University Prize in Race Relations for the Boston region. In each of 24 national regions, only one prize is awarded each year. Winners receive $1,000 and are invited to Princeton University to participate in the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race in April. Truong has been a delegate from Pingree to the national Student Diversity Leadership Conference and active on the school’s multicultural committee. . . . Scott Kartel of Troop 75 in Chelmsford is among the first Boy Scouts in the nation to earn the new Game Design Merit Badge announced by the Boy Scouts of America last month. The organization hopes the badge will help youngsters develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To earn the badge, scouts must design a game and can choose from a wide range of media, from cards to boards, dice, and even a smartphone application.