Flashbacks is a short film by Curious Creator Sean Ly, documenting his parents’ journey as asylum seekers from Cambodia in the 1980s. Sean Ly goes on a journey of personal discovery to learn and record the previously unshared story of his parents – refugees from Cambodia who settled in Western Sydney in the 1980s. Through interviews as a mother and father speaking to their son, they recall past experiences and share flashbacks of displacement and resettlement.The 25-minute film includes a soundtrack with original music contributed by Channthy Kak, lead singer from the international music sensation ‘The Cambodian Space Project’. This film went on to be shown at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and the 2016 Kampot Readers and Writers Festival in Cambodia. 



Told by Vanny Pin and San Ly 

Director/ Director of Photography: Sean Ly 

Sound/ Interview Advisor: Miranda Aguilar 

Second Camera: Adam McPhilbin 

Editor: Thomas Barrell 

Executive Producer: CuriousWorks  

Producers: Caitlin Newton-Broad, Guido Gonzalez 

Translation Support: Sophea Chea 

Music by The Cambodian Space Project: Song - The Boat 

Special thanks to: Rosie Dennis from UTP, Harley Stumn, Intimate Spectacle, Julien Poulson, Channthy Kak, Lina Tjoeng, Sophea Chea and Khmer Community of NSW Inc.,Vichet Chea and Savuth Men, Gary Paramanathan, Tiffany Lee Shoy, Marilyn Gallo, Manjit Uppal, Shakthi Sivanathan, Gary Spink 

Supported by: Fairfield City Council’s Social Change Through Creativity Program