Documentary Directed and Produced by Virginia Lynch Dean ’77 to Air on PBS in May

Colorado College alum Virginia Lynch Dean ’77 has co-directed and co-produced a documentary, with James Taing, entitled “Ghost Mountain: The Second Killing Fields of Cambodia.” It is scheduled to air on PBS on May 10 and May 25.

“Ghost Mountain” is the story of Bunseng Taing, a Cambodian refugee who made his way to Connecticut in 1980 after surviving both the Killing Fields and a second horror never before documented. He was among 45,000 refugees who managed to escape to what they believed was safety in Thailand, only to be forced back over the Cambodian border in an area heavily infested with landmines.

This is an untold story of the bitter fate and unthinkable odds many Cambodians would unknowingly take to cross their country’s border, as more than a quarter-million Cambodian refugees sought to escape their chaotic homeland.

The documentary is co-directed and co-produced by Lynch Dean and James Taing. It is written by Dianne Wildman, Aaron Clar, Amy Kalafa, and Ian Holden. According to Lynch Dean, it took more than six years to complete.

“Ghost Mountain” will premiere on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) Tuesday, May 10, at 10:30 p.m., Eastern Time, and re-air on CPTV Spirit on Wednesday, May 25, at 10 p.m., Eastern Time. It will also be available to watch on-demand at and on YouTube. For more information about the documentary, click here.

Lynch Dean was an arts major at Colorado College. During her time at CC, she also took many business classes and completed an apprenticeship for the Frick Museum.

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