FREEDOM DEAL: STory of Lucky, a dramatic movie made in Cambodia screening in Phnom PenhCamerado’s historical drama, FREEDOM DEAL: Story of Lucky – set inside Cambodia along the Cambodia-Vietnam border in 1970 during the Vietnam conflict’s  ‘Cambodia Incursion’ – is set to screen on Saturday, August 1st, 2015  in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The screening will take place at Pannasastra University, South Norodom Campus (Main Hall), from 3-5 PM. Filmmaker Jason ‘Jack RO’ Rosette and some cast and participants will attend; other short movies by Camerado Media to follow :)

Join the event on Facebook! @ https://www.facebook.com/events/493877667431917/

Written on July 27th, 2015 , Asia, News

‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ is now available to watch INSTANTLY on Amazon Video – with other movies by filmmaker J ‘Jack RO’ Rosette included in the same video stream! Click on the image below, or go directly to –> http://www.amazon.com/FREEDOM-DEAL-Movies-NON-US-FORMAT/dp/B00SQYPL7Y 

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Written on February 25th, 2015 , News

See (and vote for!) ‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ at the Viewster Online Film Festival, 4th Edition, ‘Pay it Forward’, screening online from November 13 – 27th at http://festival.viewster.com

Written on November 13th, 2014 , News

Cambodian festival film, FREEDOM DEAL

Our supernatural Asian military historical drama, ‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ is a semi-finalist in the 2014 Highway 61 Film Festival – see a section at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVuM3Z5MfwI, get more info @http://www.freedomdealmovie.com / Like @ http://www,facebook.com/freedomdeal

Written on September 17th, 2014 , News

(Also screening: LOST IN NEW MEXICO: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero by the same filmmaker, J “Jack RO” Rosette)

https://www.facebook.com/events/766010536817956/

Sunday, August 24at 3:00pm in MDT

South Broadway Cultural Center

1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Hosted by the one and only Albuquerque, New Mexico USA Film Office…Announcing the New Mexico premiere of filmmaker J “Jack RO” Rosette’s Asian supernatural Vietnam war drama, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky :: with :: NM indie classic ’21st Century Cloning Road Movie’, LOST IN NEW MEXICO *** Filmmaker J Rosette ATTENDING ***

Actors and Talent Involved in the original production of ‘LOST IN NEW MEXICO’ are encouraged to attend – kindly email camerado@camerado.com in advance to discuss any items of interest!

Running times 24 min + 85 min + intro/Q&A = 2+ hours or so

Written on August 8th, 2014 , News

https://www.facebook.com/events/704794419592850/

Saturday, August 16at 7:00pm
Mekong Bistro
8200 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, Oregon 97220

/// Cambodian (Asian) supernatural historical drama, ‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ (RT 24:30, 2013 Cambodia) screening in PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

/// SYNOPSIS: May 4, 1970 – Cambodia. During the 1970 US-Vietnam conflict, a combined US & Army of South Vietnam military operation enters Cambodia to locate and destroy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries. A Cambodian youth named Samnang (‘Lucky’) and an ornery but likable wedding musician make their way through the conflict – encountering landmines, surreal Cambodian ghosts known as ‘Arbs’, and marauding helicopters as they go.

/// Info @ http://www.freedomdealmovie.com/

Written on August 8th, 2014 , News
( posted to Facebook originally)
 
It’s interesting that almost every historical source – except the rigorous and well researched ones – cite the US bombing campaign in Cambodia during the 2nd Indochina conflict as the primary cause for the rise of the Khmer Rouge. This is simply untrue. 

Although a factor, most dedicated historians agree that it was the support of the Khmer Rouge by then-deposed King Sihanouk that caused their ascendancy. Historically and culturally, the people in the countryside have always unquestioningly heeded the word of their King out of respect for his sacred role and apparent divinity. Sihanouk thought he was leveraging this factor to his benefit to regain power, as he had lost face at home and abroad, and he also possessed a well documented passion for revenge – which he leveled against those who dissed him via the coup* (i.e., Lon Nol and Sirik Matak).

As a result of Sihanouk’s support, the KR went from a minor faction to a major and well armed fighting force very rapidly. In the end, it was the KR who were using Sihanouk towards their ends, and the King didn’t realize this until it was too late. Even so, even if he did not intend the results that eventually occurred – facts are facts, even if they do not neatly coincide with the bluechip notion of the US as the cause of all the regions’ problems during the 2nd Indohcina conflict. 

This does not excuse the US from their awful mistake in taking over the from the French in Vietnam – the US is solely accountable for their decision to intervene there. But to blame the rise of the KR solely on the US bombing of Cambodia, which was undertaken mainly per the request of the collapsing Lon Nol government against the verified combined forces of the KR, the NVA, VC (*and various foreign national advisors) is neither historically accurate or reasonable. 

But, it’s an attribution so frequently made, without much critical thinking or research, that’s this notion has by now become a ‘pop culture historical nugget’: bite sized, easy to chew, and easy to digest and share in semi-researched articles and documentaries about the subject. As I recall, even Noam Chomsky has unwittingly regurgitated and shared this particular quasi-historical nugget in his movie, ‘Manufacturing Consent’. 

Of course, this suited his aims and thesis, so a little shoe-horning of facts can fit the bill for an eager audience – especially when one is singing to the choir!

(*the ‘US supported coup’ in support of Lon Nol is also one of those constantly regurgitated and bite sized historical nuggets, repeated so frequently that it’s taken on an aura of fact. In actuality, there has never been any definitive link between the US and the deposition of Sihanouk….any doubters can go and do the research. Again, though it’s easier and more fashionable at times just to go with the flow and repeat and ingest what is ‘common knowledge’  )
 
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    Jacko Burguerro Interesting shades of grey. (And Sihanouk was a twonk!) 
    But I don’t recall reading anything serious that put *all* the blame *solely* on the US bombing of Cambodia. 
    Can you give a couple of examples?
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    Jason ‘Camerado’ Rosette Sure, this is just one mid-level site of many which I’m sure you can find too; note that, not only is the US solely accountable in this version, but the very significant Sihanouk factor isn’t even mentioned – I think another reason is a natural, unconscious Western chauvinism that doesn’t even consider factors like these – anyway here’s one –> http://rabble.ca/…/on-this-day/us-secret-bombing-cambodia
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    Jason ‘Camerado’ Rosette Many, if not all, contemporary Cambodia-themed movies and docs also repeat the same mantra – never, ever any attribution towards Sihanouk’s role. Always, always the reference to the US bombing being mainly if not solely accountable. Never, ever any mention of Solath Sar (Pol Pot) gaining his first exposure to communism as a student in Paris. etc
Written on July 14th, 2014 , History

FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky screens in San Francisco, CAFREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky screens at the 1970: Music and Turmoil event in San Francisco, CA; also attending is rock historian, Richie Unterberger, who gave an insightful presentation on 1970 rock and roll as an interesting compliment to the Asian perspective offered by FREEDOM DEAL.

Written on July 14th, 2014 , News

The FREEDOM DEAL T-Shirt, based on Asia's favorite supernatural historical drama

Now available: The FREEDOM DEAL T-Shirt, depicting scenes from Asia’s favorite supernatural historical dramatic movie.  Features an astonishing ghostly ‘Arp’, a horrific female floating head vampire which haunts our two protagonists….

Click on image to buy, or visit the Camerado store at https://camerado.spreadshirt.com/men-s-t-shirt-A16405960

‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ is an Official Selection at the 2014 MISCON Short Film Festival, Montana USA’s sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film festival and convention.

Screening on May 23, 2014 – check the website at www.miscon.org for info, schedule, and details!

Written on May 16th, 2014 , News

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