Cambodia Town Film Festival returns to Long Beach and seniors get in free

From an eerie thriller based on folk tales, to inspirational stories and classic films, the Cambodia Town Film Festival returns Sept. 15-16 with more than a dozen films and some really good deals for seniors.

The sixth annual event takes over the Art Theatre in Long Beach with a weekend of films aimed at exploring the Cambodian experience through films.

It kicks off with a 1960s-themed party Friday, Sept. 14, at Cambodia Town Food and Music, 3240 E. Pacific Coast Highway. The party is open to the public.

Films start the next morning with highlights such as the U.S. premiere of “The Witch,” a story based on a Khmer folk tale that deals with a business tycoon named Raj whose injuries lead to fears of sorcery and possession.

There are also documentaries including “Risking Light,” which tells the story of three people who escaped a dark past and seek to find forgiveness and compassion.

The festival will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the “Joy Luck Club” with a free screening of the film.

And speaking of free, all seniors 55 years of age and older can see any movie for free during the weekend.

If You Go:

When: 7-11 p.m Sept. 14 for kick-off party; 11 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 for films.

Where: Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach

Tickets: Starting at $8 for films, and $25 pre-sale or $35 at the door for party.



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