JC to return
Staying on the film front, Redlight will get its red carpet world premiere on 21 June in New York. Filmed over a 4 year period, this powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation focuses on the harrowing stories of young Cambodian victims and two advocates for change; grassroots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua (who will speak at the premiere). Filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni were also responsible for the film Holly, which Jacobson wrote and produced. To find out more about the film and other associated websites, click on the following: Redlight, Redlight Children, The Road to Traffik.
Wednesday night at Meta House, Joel Montague regaled us with details of just one of his hobbies, collecting old postcards of Cambodia. He recalled the promotion of Angkor to the French and international public via a series of expositions in France between 1906 and 1931, the latter one in Paris was attended by no less than 33 million people. They were intended to convince the French public of the necessity to colonize, with Cambodia and in particular Angkor Wat representing all that was good in France's efforts to bring civilization to the natives. Joel, who has volunteered in Cambodia in rural health programs, showed a very small part of his postcard collection to highlight the different colonial expositions held in the early 1900s and the development of the message to the French population. The replicas of Angkor Wat, especially for the 1931 exposition, were remarkable in their grandeur. It was only a few years earlier that Andre Malraux had been arrested for stealing sculptures from the temple of Banteay Srei yet still managed in later life to rise to the position of French Minister of Culture. Unbelievable.