Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lost love in Isanborei

A new Cambodian feature film, Lost Love by director Chhay Bora was screened for the 1st time at the recent film frstival here in Phnom Penh. I missed it then and I'll miss it tomorrow, when it gets another airing at Meta House, with the director present for a Q&A afterwards. The plot is based on the true story of Chhay Bora’s mother-in-law Nun Sila, whose father is executed by the Khmer Rouge. I hope to be back in time to watch its second night at Meta House on Thursday. Tickets are $5 to get in with a free drink. The reason I'll miss tomorrow is that I've been invited on a fam trip to Isanborei, known to you and me as Sambor Prei Kuk in Kompong Thom Province, where the community-based tourism project is having an open-day for travel agents and then a formal launch by the provincial governor. We're talking homestays, cycle rides, ox-cart trips, watching rice grow, the usual community-type stuff. I always enjoy a visit to Sambor Prei Kuk, so I told them to count me in. You can find out more at their website.

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