Thursday, June 10, 2010

JC to return

Jackie Chan, one of the most easily-recognisable faces in world cinema, will be strutting his stuff in Siem Reap and Cambodia in July for nearly two weeks as he brings his film-making roadshow to the Kingdom. I've heard different versions of what the film is about though information that emerged recently suggested it will be called Cambodia Landmine, a drama-comedy with a $25 million production budget, to be directed by Ding Sheng. Though at the time filming was scheduled for February next year. Chan first visited Cambodia in 2004 to promote awareness of HIV/Aids, in 2005 to focus on landmines and was back a few months ago to give a lecture and to get permission to film at Angkor Wat. He's known as Chin Long amongst the Cambodian community and to the world for his acrobatic fighting style, his innovative stunts and his comic persona.
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.
A postcard showing the replica Angkor Wat in Paris in 1931, seen by over 33 million people

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to the replica Angkor Wat in Paris?

June 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was destroyed in WWII

May 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM  

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