Firstly, thank you all for the great response to Kumnooh’s arrival last week. Last time the listings were heavy in visual arts, this time around it seems the events are in cinema and publishing.
This week is dominated by the Memory International Film Heritage Festival running through until Sunday 9th. Free screenings of world cinema on the theme of dance, including Powell/Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, West Side Story, a selection of Chaplin and Tati, and L’oiseau de Paradis, shot by Marcel Camus (Black Orpheus) in Cambodia in 1962. These big screen presentations are at Chaktomuk Theatre on the riverside, and there also a fantastic exhibition of repainted vintage cinema posters open all week.
Additional events include: a screening of Le Sommeil D’or, (Golden Slumbers), Davy Chou’s investigation into the lost and found Cambodian cinema of the 1960s at Bophana Centre tonight at 6 pm; a series of presentations, workshops and forums on film heritage; and two cases of Dengue Fever, live on Koh Pich tomorrow and on screen at Bophana in Sleepwalking through the Mekong on Thursday at 6 pm.
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This evening (Tuesday 4th at 6.30 pm), Monument Books on Norodom Blvd
is hosting the launch of a new publication Unsung Heroes: Cambodia –
People and projects making a difference, a collection of stories about NGO projects and activities, awareness raising, and including
practical tips for those interested in donating time, money or
equipment. Included is an interview with Cambodian Living Arts founder
Arn Chorn-Pond, and some background on CLA. If you can’t make it
to the launch, sign up to the mailing list here: mailing list
On Saturday night at 6 pm Meta House hosts an exhibition opening
entitled Exiled to Nowhere, in which photojournalist Greg Constantine exposes the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority from Rakhine State in Burma, one of the most oppressed ethnic groups in the world. Greg will present a slideshow, and copies of the accompanying book Exiled to Nowhere will be available.
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Also in literary news: coming soon to an ebook seller near you is
Holiday in Cambodia, a collection of stories by Australian writer
Laura Jean McKay drawing on her experience of travels and life in
Cambodia in recent years.
For francophones the weekend offers amateur theatre in the form of
Musee haut musee bas written by Jean-Michel Ribes, performed under the
guidance of actor Christophe Dellocque. A series of 15 sketches
dwell on why we visit museums, ranging from the whimsical to the
provocative. Note: no translation, but with a strong visual style.
Friday and Saturday night at 7 pm, at the Department of Performing
Arts, behind Parkway Centre, with access through St 173.
You might also like to see some Chaplin down at Le Jardin on St 360 on
Tuesday nights, with live musical accompaniment…. tonight it’s
Make yours a creative week, support an artist near you!
20 Years of UNTAC: The Australian Embassy presents an exhibit of the
work of Australian photographers from the UNTAC period, 1992-1993.
Meta House (Art Cafe), Sothearos Blvd. Until 6 June.
Quest for Land: photography of Phnom Penh based photographer John Vink. Meta House (Gallery),
Sothearos Blvd. Until 13 June.
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A Thing of Smoke, a collaboration between French Khmer visual artist
Séra and American poet Julianne Sibiski, at Romeet Gallery on St 178.
Until 26 June.
Blood and Sand: Phnom Penh based photographer Erika Piñeros
examines bullfighting in Colombia. Chinese House, Sisowath Quay.
Until end of June.
Surviving, by emerging Khmer artist Chov Theanly, at Java Gallery &
Café on Sihanouk Blvd. Until July 7.
Sampot: The Collection of Small Things, by Chan Dany, at Sa Sa Bassac
on Sotheros Blvd . Until 14 July.
Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian
traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. A Cambodian
Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to
September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
Phare, The Cambodian Circus: the famous artists from Phare Ponleu
Selpak perform a one hour show every night at 7.30 pm under the big
top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of
Angkor Century Hotel.