Feeling positive & negative
Now you probably know me as Mr Positive. But sometimes even I get dragged down with everyone else. At the moment I'm really fed-up with a couple of things, one is the crap parking on the pavements by all Cambodian drivers. It often means I have to step into the road and that is simply dangerous in these parts, especially with traffic coming at you from all directions. There are suggestions that heavy fines will be imposed on culprits beginning pretty soon but that will just mean the policemen will get fatter pay-checks. In the meantime, my mutterings as I walk along any street are getting more expletive-laded by the day. 2nd groan is films like this, Uncle Rithy, which will be shown at Bophana Center on Saturday 18 October at 4pm. I'd love to go and watch a 97-minute film that introduces the work of Cambodian filmmaker, Rithy Panh, whilst he directs his thirteenth film, an adaptation from the novel of Marguerite Dumas, Sea Wall, his choice and his activities during the shooting in Sihanoukville. Unfortunately, it's the Khmer version of Jean-Marie Barbe's film with French subtitles for goodness sake. What good is that to anyone? No-one wants to speak French anymore in Cambodia, everyone is learning English, so desperately trying to hold onto the past by ostracizing a potentially large audience is self-defeating by the folks in charge of Bophana and the CCF. Get with it guys, convert to Anglais and increase your audience substantially - take a leaf out of the Meta House 'guide to increasing audiences' book.