Saguaro Club film crew


Flying Orb Productions was founded in 2005 by James Higgins and two principal dancers from the Angkor Dance Troupe, Monica Veth and Sophy Leng. Based in Lowell, Massachusetts, home to the 2nd largest Cambodian/American community in the country, Flying Orb's film and theater work deals with the legacy of America's war in Southeast Asia. From the beginning our motto has been “out of darkness, into the light.”

Below is a description of our current film under production, The Saguaro Club, being filmed in Massachusetts, Coachella Valley, CA and Maricopa County, Arizona. It will be part of our upcoming multimedia show, A Road Beyond, 2022.

Maricopa County, Arizona, circa 1995.

Twenty years after the fall of Saigon and America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia, Chanthy Oum, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, opens a small roadhouse restaurant south of Phoenix, called The Saguaro Club. The club is soon seen as a safe haven by refugees fleeing political chaos and drug cartels in Central America and Mexico. Chanthy sees them as kindred spirits and it’s not long before her open door policy creates conflict between Chanthy and those closest to her.