My dinner companion, Chinese dissident who weathered 20 years of prison, the inspirational Harry Wu, at the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights gala honoring George Clooney, raising US$3 Million to support the work of human rights defenders around the world (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010). KI Media posting.
Harry Wu on stage (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010)
My two inspirational dinner companions - the Sakharov of Vietnam, Dr. Doan Viet Hoat, and Harry Wu (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010)
Mary Kennedy, Dr. Doan Viet Hoat, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Kerry Kennedy (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010)
Italian philanthropist Adolfo Vannucci (donor of Don Bosco Cambodia, president of RFK Center Europe) with NY Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo (father of Kerry Kennedy's 3 daughters) at RFK Ripple of Hope gala (Photo: Kevin J. McCormick, NYC, 17 Nov. 2010).
Theary Seng, John Heffernan, Stephen Bradberry (RFK 2005 laureate from New Orleans), etc. (Photo: Kevin J. McCormick, NYC, 17 Nov. 2010).
RFK laureat Stephen Bradberry (with partner), Elisabetta Canalis, George Clooney, Kerry Kennedy with daughters and nieces (Photo: Kevin J. McCormick, NYC, 17 Nov. 2010).
Inspiration teacher Pam O'Brien, Chinese dissident Harry Wu, Theary Seng at the RFK Gala (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010)
Pam O'Brien with the 2010 recipient of the RFK Human Rights Award, Abel Barrera Hernandez of Mexico (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010)
Pam O'Brien on stage to talk about her inspirational work as a teacher and the influence of Speak Truth to Power curriculum on her students (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010).
George Clooney accepting the RFK Ripple of Hope award at the $1,000 a seat event (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010).
The incredibly witty Jon Stewart at the RFK Ripple of Hope Award ceremony (NYC, 17 Nov. 2010)
After an inspirational morning at Hewitt School with teachers and principal who are interested in incorporating the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) into their curriculum, Karen Robinson, John Heffernan and Theary Seng shifted gear to discuss the STTP curriculum for Cambodians and the Kerry Kennedy's delegation to Cambodia in February 2011 (NYC, 18 Nov. 2010).
Beautiful Italian-Cambodian-American Sothea Pirozzi with talented artist maman, Linda Saphan Pirozzi at home in Greenwich Village (NYC, 16 Nov. 2010)
Director John Pirozzi with editor Daniel Littlewood putting the final touches on Don't Think I've Forgotten, in their Tribeca studio, a labor of love for the last 7-9 years about Cambodia's lost rock and roll, with interviews expanding the globe (Paris, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Phnom Penh, Australia etc.) with Prince Norodom Sirivudh, Prince Sisowath Panara, US Ambassador Gunther Dean, historian David Chandler. I was deeply honored and emotional to watch the rough cuts - I remember being at half of the interviews conducted, the one with Prince Panara at my apartment on the riverfront, and to know that Sin Sisamouth was at Wat Champa after the exodus of Phnom Penh during the time we were there, and returned to Phnom Penh (to be killed) with my father! What a BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT film... This film will do more to commemorate, to pay tribute, to document, to inspire than anything else I know out there right now, not even the work of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal can leave deep impressions and positive legacy as this deeply inspired, deeply researched, aesthetically-made film. Don't Think I've Forgotten will introduce the world to a Cambodia not known before. I laughed, I cried, I remembered. We will not forget. NEVER. (Looking for Executive Producer - KI Media)
After the private screening of Don't Think I've Forgotten, enjoying a delightful evening of great food, excellent company of Dan Simon (founder/publisher of Seven Stories Press, his family (Ria, Asha, Miles) and their author friends Ron and Cookie, at their lovely Tribeca home (NYC, 18 Nov. 2010). Seven Stories Press publishes The Voice of Hope.
Theary Seng with NomiNetwork co-founder Diana Mao (downtown Manhattan, 20 Nov. 2010)
Theary Seng with the precious Sothea Saphan-Pirozzi showing off their kramas in Greenwich Village (NYC, 20 Nov. 2010)
Linda, John, Sothea Pirozzi near their Greenwich Village home after a nice lunch in the nearby Thai restaurant (NYC, 20 Nov. 2010)
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