Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Dr Jean-Michel Filippi is an expert in quite a few things. Forgotten minority languages (he speaks more than a dozen languages himself), Cambodian history in general, absolutely anything to do with the Kep and Kampot region of Cambodia and the buildings and history of Phnom Penh. It's that latter topic that he will be breathing life into at the Brasserie Durga on Street 130 at 6pm on Sunday 15 August. Entry to the presentation will cost you $5 and Dr Filippi will be running through 145 years of the city's history from 1865 to the present day. He hopes it will become the first of a two-week cycle of presentations and debates for the remainder of the year. A regular contributor to the local French newspaper Cambodge Soir, he also has designs on building a Kampot Regional Museum, just outside Kep, when funds and time permit. Corsican-born, he has plans to publish a new book, Strolling around Phnom Penh, in French and in English, at the end of September. Definitely a book to look out for.