Friday, January 28, 2011

Worthy events

Sunday evening will see two worthy events taking place in Phnom Penh. At Meta House at 6pm the launch party of a new photographic book, Cambodia, Our Vision will take place by the NGO Anjali House. It's a book of photographs taken by the children from Anjali, a refuge that is home to nearly eighty underprivileged children between the ages of 4 and 16. The NGO was formed in 2005 and the children have been a part of the Angkor Photo Festival for the last few years, and the book is a collection of images taken during the 2008 and 2009 festivals. 220 pages, the book will retail for $35 with sales going directly towards the NGO's activities. After the book launch, Meta House will show the German-made movie Same Same But Different.
On the same day but an hour earlier, what promises to be a fascinating hour in the company of American journalist, broadcaster and writer Jim Laurie, who will present a lecture called Cambodia Now and Then - 40 years of Cambodia Watching. Laurie has spent most of the past 40 years reporting from Asia and Cambodia is a special place for him. This weekend he will travel to Kompong Cham to scatter the remains of his longtime Khmer friend, Soc Sinan, who died of cancer recently. Cambodia has a pull on Jim Laurie and on Sunday we will find out why. The lecture will take place at Raffles Hotel Le Royal Hotel at 5pm in the Sunflower Room. Don't miss it. Then on Tuesday, the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor will host Jim Laurie from 6pm for a repeat lecture. To find out nore about Jim Laurie, click here.

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