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  • Summary: At one orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the performing arts are the path to healing and transformation. Guided by their matriarch Peng Phan, a renowned actress in her own right, the children aspire to achieve one of the highest honors in Cambodian society, to perform in front of Princess Bopha Devi as a symbol of their culture and heritage. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    May 6, 2014
    100
    But the directors elevate the picture to a level of emotional genius by filming the children's play as a full-on cinematic adaptation, shot and edited with seriousness and polish.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    May 6, 2014
    90
    The power of performing arts to restore hope to damaged young lives is marvelously captured in Still I Strive.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 8, 2014
    80
    It’s a marvelously imaginative conceit that transforms what could have been yet another dryly informative documentary into the realm of art.
  4. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    May 8, 2014
    70
    The innovative fictional narrative, woven throughout, demonstrates that many of these young actors have learned their lessons well.
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