“Ladies, I am here today to advise you about the many adjustments you will make when you move overseas with your husbands and become professional expatriate wives. I have been hired by the Corporation because I have extensive experience in this area, so feel free to raise any topic of concern.”
“I have a question,” said one no-nonsense expat wife-to-be. “Why are you a man?”
The male relocation consultant mopped his brow before responding. He had told the Corporation that maybe this wasn’t such a great idea, that wives were not as gullible as they thought.
The 1960s and early 70s were a golden period for Cambodian culture. During this period, Cambodia developed its own distinctive rock’n’roll style, infused with the hypnotic rhythms of traditional Khmer music. Cambodian cinema also flourished, with large crowds drawn to cinemas around the country to watch Cambodian films. Then the Khmer Rouge came to power and this flowering of culture was torn out like a weed. Actors, directors artist and musicians were systematically murdered, only a precious few managed to flee the country.
The two new exhibitions opening on the 10th of January at Java Café and Gallery both explore the contrast between the perceived or expected and darker, more uncertain, underlying realities.
For example, one of the paintings in Ben Thynal’s collection “My Selfish Family”, depicts a tightly wound group of people trapped in a circular formation—their smiling faces purposely misleading when paired with the title “Monster Family.”
The second Cambodia International Film Festival will take place from the 14th to the 18th of December, with a plethora of short, feature length and documentary films from Asia, Africa and Europe and North America, as well as a range of workshops and events.
The event, organized by the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centre (www.bophaba.org) will this year include screenings at Legend Cinema and Cineplex, as well as the French Cultural Centre, the Bophana Centre and outdoor screenings on Diamond Island (Koh Pich).
A landmark decision by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), has paved the way for Khmer filmmakers to have their films considered for an Oscar. At their October 2011 semi-annual meeting the Academy granted approval of the new Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee (COSC). This sanction of the COSC leads the way for a possible entry from Cambodia in the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category.
AKP Phnom Penh, October 13, 2011 –
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this afternoon announced to cancel the Water Festival, which is scheduled to be held on Nov. 9-11 due to the flash floods.
Speaking at the opening of the special cabinet ministers’ meeting to assess the damages caused by the devastating floods, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said no boat racing this year, but other festivals are celebrated as usual.
Enchantment of Sukasada Ujung Park of Karangasem increasingly shows off its magnetism. Having been restored with the assistance of World Bank, the Sukasada Ujung Park has been considered successful to support a variety of spectacular events both in the regional and national level. Agenda of the official visits of a number of ministers have been successfully organized in the Panglila Cita Garden that was usually used by the King of Karangasem in hosting state guests of the past.
It was late on Sunday evening, when finally Mr. Bounchao, the Director of the Department of Cinema in Laos, announced the winner of the 2nd Vientianale: It is "Calendar", a short movie by Thanavorakit Kounthawatphinyo (who also received the Best Young Filmmaker Award). And it was well deserved. The movie tells the story of a young man you "walk" through calendar dates, apparently looking for his girlfriends birthday. It was a big surprise to see a movie that is not only photographed so well, but also has excellent sound, a good script and talented and well playing actors.
A traditional Khmer wedding is one of the most joyous occasions for a Khmer family and typically lasts from three days to an entire week. It is a grand affair, full of color and festivity, as well as steeped in tradition. Family, friends, and other members of the community come together to share in the celebration. Musicians play throughout the day on traditional instruments, and the couple is dressed like royalty. The bride may change her outfit several times in one day.
A 2500 year old archaeological site was unexpectedly destroyed in Cambodia last week. An archaeologist who rushed to the scene was shocked to discover heavy equipment still leveling the land, apparently to create temporary housing for a nearby company.