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Slumdog Metal: Cambodian Street Kids Scream For Their Lives

 

Doch Chkae means “like a dog” in Khmer.

It’s also the name of the death metal band founded by two orphans born in the slums of Phnom Penh.

Theara, the lead singer of Doch Chkae grew up together with the guitarist Vichey. They ate and drink and slept in these garbage-covered slums. Theara and Vichey dropped out of school when they were 9 years old. They drove garbage trucks around the city and made a living picking up waste.

Because of the involvement of the international NGO “Mom Against Poverty”, Theara and Vichey were able to continue their studies and no longer had to worry about making a living. However, by the time they hit puberty, they became more and more trouble and became a liability for their teachers.

Timon Seibel, the manager of the NGO, sometimes goes to rock venues in Phnom Penh. Once after watching a death metal show, Timon suddenly had an idea – ‘Why not introduce extreme metal music to Theara and Vichey?’ So Timon brought Theara and Vichey to a death metal show. The screaming and the fierce mosh pits stunned and completely overwhelmed them.

Then Theara and Vichey locked themselves in the music room, rehearsed and wrote songs crazily. The anger in their heart was venting in the screaming and drums. After more than one year of rehearsals, Doch chkae officially entered the underground music scene in Phnom Penh and quickly gained a place and garnered die hard fans.

Their lyrics are always related to dogs, just like their band name – Doch chkae. They use music to describe their lives as dogs.

 

Directed by: Zhao Renxiu
Presented by :Subtropical Asia
Co-Production: Yab Moung Records 、JiuJiu Entertainment

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