Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Film buffs head to Kampot

If you are in Siem Reap this weekend, then the Angkor Tribute to the Masters concerts will be taking place at the Bayon temple on Friday 25 Feb (sponsor's night) and Saturday 26 Feb, which is open to all. No doubt, you will have seen the posters all over the place in the last couple of months. The PR for this event has been extraordinary. A wealth of artists will be performing including the adorable Em Theay, my Winds of Angkor pal Sarah O'Brien and The Like Me's. Meanwhile, the 4th edition of Cambofest, showing independent movies from around the globe, will be held in Kampot, on the south coast, from 1-9 March. The main venue will be the vintage Royal cinema in the town but other venues are also on the cards. I had a look at the schedule on the festival website and if international films are your thing, I'm sure you'll love it. As for me, I won't be making the trip south. I admit to not being an international film buff and I spotted just a couple of films with a Cambodia-leaning on the program which I've seen before. Nevertheless, I wish the organizers well. Not that they care less what I think.
Talking of films, Meta House has another showing of Lost Loves, the film by Chhay Bora set during the Khmer Rouge period, this evening. 7pm start, it costs $5 and the director will be available for a Q&A after the screening. This Thursday Enemies of the People gets another screening at the same location, but the event I'll be at will be another contemporary dance offering on Friday (25 Feb) evening at 7pm. Three dancers from the collective New Cambodian Artists, Yon Davy, Yon Chantha and Nget Rady will be presenting the second half of their People in Buildings show, egged on by facilitator Bob Ruijzendaal. It's on again the following night as well. These artists are pushing the edge of the envelope in contemporary dance in Cambodia and deserve as much support as possible in my opinion. There I go again, who cares what I think.
Late news: I've just heard that Khmer Arts Ensemble will be holding an open stage event this coming Saturday (26 Feb) at their Takhmao headquarters from 9.30am. Billed as discussions, demonstrations and presentations, it will involve KAE founder Sophiline Cheam Shapiro and resident choreographer Amanda Miller as well as the cast of the dance company. It is open to all, so think of your questions beforehand, it's free admission, but don't take your camera. Well worth a look-see if you have time.
LtoR: Chantha, Rady and Davy

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