Arn Chorn-Pond

Renowned human rights activist, musician and Cambodian genocide survivor. Inspiring change with incredible stories of hope, endurance, and survival through the power of music.

  • Subject of the Emmy-nominated documentary, The Flute Player.
  • Separated from his family and forced by the Khmer Rouge into a youth work camp, he survived the horrors of the regime by playing revolutionary songs on the flute.
  • Honored with many awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Anne Frank Memorial Award, and the Kohl Foundation International Peace Prize.
  • Penned by National Book Award finalist, Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down is the achingly raw and powerful novel based on Pond’s life, a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

Arn Chorn Pond Never Fall Down

Life changing…people were just blown away.

- SUNY Oswego

…bigger success than any of us could have anticipated…

- Earlham College

He was wonderful. The students embraced him wholeheartedly… …WOW.

- Southern Adventist University

Arn Chorn-Pond delivered a talk that was equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring. Tonight’s conversation was one of the most emotionally honest, genuine talks we have had at the Athenaeum.

- Claremont McKenna College (CA)