New Year Baby, Star Wars fan film Volition 

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Socheata Poeuv's parents were refugees who fled from the genocide of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. When they arrived in the U.S., they reinvented their family. Not until she turned 25 did Poeuv learn who they really were.

Her two sisters were actually her cousins, the daughters of a murdered aunt. Her brother was actually her mother's son from another marriage whose father had also been killed. Poeuv determined to uncover the painful secrets of her family's past.

Her powerful documentary, New Year Baby, is the result of Poeuv's journey back to Cambodia. It's an attempt to answer the questions surrounding her family's survival.

Featuring interviews with Khmer generals who to this day have never been prosecuted for their crimes, Poeuv aims with this film to "transform a conversation of victimhood and shame into one of heroism and honor."

New Year Baby won an award from Amnesty International as one of the "Movies That Matter" in 2006 and has received Best Documentary honors at festivals from Dallas to San Francisco. Poeuv will discuss her film following the Halsey Institute's free screening on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in room 309 at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St. For more information, call (843) 953-5680. —Josh Eboch


We all know George Lucas created the Star Wars franchise, but what you might not know is that he lets fans add their own chapters to this legendary story.

There are some rules. Fans can make films as long as they are rated PG and not for profit. With this in mind, Star Wars fans have been creating their own short films, music videos, animated films, and full-length features using both Lucas' characters and their own.

Now comes Volition: short action film promising a thrilling sci-fi display of local acting, fighting, and creative set design. It features Lowcountry talents like actors JC Conway, Trevor Erickson, Heather Gadol, Christina Rhoades, Ramsey Scott, Robin Knight, and David Barr.

The event will be held on Feb. 10 at The Map Room in West Ashley. The night kicks off with local bands from 7-9 p.m. Karaoke Chewbacca-style follows.—Tim Hoyt


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