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In the Life of Music (2018)

In the Life of Music, a story told in three chapters, tells the story of how one song 'Champa Battambang,' a song made famous by Sinn Sisamuth (the King of Khmer Music), plays a role in the lives of three different generations.


Caylee So, Sok Visal
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Ellen Wong ... Hope
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Small World Small Band Small World Small Band ... Music Band in the Village
Ratanak Ben Ratanak Ben ... Little Comrade
Daniel Chea Daniel Chea ... Montha
Socheat Chea Socheat Chea ... Samay
Sreynan Chea Sreynan Chea ... Phally
Arn Chorn-Pond Arn Chorn-Pond ... Mith
Chanta Chy Chanta Chy ... Sorya
Chansaron Duch Chansaron Duch ... Chan
Asanai Hang Asanai Hang ... Prum
Sareth Has Sareth Has ... Lam
Thouna Kanika Thouna Kanika ... Bopha
Sovuthy Ker Sovuthy Ker ... Older Vanny
Bonleap Khiev Bonleap Khiev ... Labor Camp Guard
Chandanich Kouy Chandanich Kouy ... Labor Camp Commander


In the Life of Music tells the story of how one song "Champa Battambang," a song made famous by Sinn Sisamouth (the King of Khmer Music), plays a role in the lives of three different generations. It is a feature narrative told in 3 chapters during 3 different decades, depicting the lives of people whose world is inevitably transformed by the emergence of the Khmer Rouge Regime. It is a powerful intergenerational tale that weaves through 37 years of Cambodia's ever-changing landscape. Written by Caylee So

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Three stories, 3 generations, 3 decades brought together by one song



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USA | Cambodia


Khmer | English

Release Date:

21 March 2019 (Cambodia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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It was selected as the Cambodian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. See more »


Champa Battambang
Written by Sinn Sisamouth
Performed by Small World Small Band
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The Power of a Song that Thread Our Lives
10 May 2018 | by suelyngouySee all my reviews

In the Life of Music is a deeply stirring and touching film that demonstrates how powerful a song is. Songs transcends time and thread the pieces of our lives to create stories. Songs connect us to the past, make meaning of the present, and give us hope for the future. The beautiful cinematography stirs the imagination of the stories and evokes emotions through the film's signature music of Champ Battambang. This emotionally captivating film contributes to putting Cambodian American filmmaking on the map. I am so proud of Caylee, Visal, and all those who contributed to making this film!

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