ABOUT

Two Shadows is the first drama film to explore the contemporary Cambodian-American experience, particularly the search for missing family members in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide of 1975-1979.  It is the first feature film from director Greg Cahill, and the debut feature film performance from lead actress Sophea Pel.

Writer/producer/director Greg Cahill’s fascination with Cambodia was sparked by Matt Dillon’s 2003 drama-thriller City of Ghosts.  The film’s soundtrack featured vintage Cambodian rock music, including 1960s pop legend Ros Sereysothea, who was tragically slain by the Khmer Rouge along with most other musicians and artists in Cambodia.  In 2006, Greg wrote and directed a short film about Ros Sereysothea titled The Golden Voice, which starred newcomer actress Sophea Pel as Cambodia’s queen of pop music.  Following a successful run in the film festival circuit, Greg spent a month in Cambodia researching the life story of Ros Sereysothea, which he has developed into a feature length screenplay.

Upon a 2008 return visit to Cambodia, Greg was inspired to write a separate script based on numerous anecdotes concerning the search for lost relatives decades after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.  With primary story ideas provided by his friend and local guide Suko Om, Greg vowed to return in 2009 to make the movie.  By August of 2008, Greg was already writing the script.  During a taxi ride to a screening of The Golden Voice in San Francisco, Greg asked Sophea if she’d like to star in the project.

In June of 2009, a small band of American filmmakers made the journey from Los Angeles to Phnom Penh armed with a Red camera, some sound gear and a few bottles of mosquito spray to shoot Two Shadows.  The crew was honored to work with local legends such as Ros Saboeun, the elder sister of Ros Sereysothea, hip hop artist Pou Khlaing and others.  Interesting locations included Sambor Prei Kuk, one of the oldest pre-Angkorian temple ruins in Southeast Asia.  Production in Cambodia lasted one month. It wasn’t until June of 2010 that the company shot the Los Angeles portion of the movie, which required an additional week of photography.