For 72 years, TIME named a Man of the Year. With a few exceptions, it was almost always a man, usually a President or a Prime Minister or perhaps a titan of industry. Throughout history, these are the kinds of men who have wielded influence over the world.


Three years ago on this exact date, February 18, 2017, ‘First They Killed My Father ‘premiered in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over 2000 Khmers came out to watch the film, which was shown on a gigantic outdoor screen in the middle of Angkor Wat. I was so moved to have worked with so many talented Khmers, most of whom were survivors or children of survivors of the Khmer Rouge Genocide. I am so grateful to them all, and proud to be part of the team that made this beautiful film. A film that speaks not only of war but of our love for our families, country, and rich history.

Alicia Keys, Girl Rising, Sokha Chen

Girl Rising | Cambodia Chapter

Girl Rising: Cambodia Chapter. Written by Loung Ung and voiced by Alicia Keys, Sokha’s chapter is one of nine remarkable stories from the Girl Rising film. Sokha was a Cambodian child of the dump; orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. But, through a series of miracles, Sokha finds her way to school and, like a phoenix, rises to become a star student on the brink of a brilliant and once unimaginable.