Friday, January 20, 2012

Open house for Aki Ra

The first screening of a documentary film made about founder Aki Ra, will be shown at the Cambodia Landmine Museum in Siem Reap on Sunday 29 January, when the Center is putting on an Open Day for all visitors. A Perfect Soldier, by director John Severson, has already been seen widely across the United States, but will be making its Siem Reap debut at the Center, located 7kms south of Banteay Srei temple. Aki Ra is a former child soldier, who was drafted into the Khmer Rouge to plant landmines, subsequently turning full circle to become a one-man landmine eradicator, who later opened his makeshift mine museum on the outskirts of Siem Reap. Today, the museum has moved to bigger premises, welcomes thousands of visitors each year and allows Aki Ra to oversee the care of 20+ young children. His story has been told many times in the international media and on video. In 2010, Aki Ra was chosen as a Top 10 CNN Hero and has been feted by many. Find out more about the film here.

Monument Books are hosting a book launch on Wednesday 25 January at ACE on Street 214 from 6.30pm. It's the launch of the Khmer language edition of Tom Fawthrop & Helen Jarvis' book, Getting Away With Genocide? Elusive Justice and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Both authors will speak at the gathering, as will the Cambodian Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith and former UN staffer Benny Widyono. The authors have updated their original 2004 manuscript to bring it up to speed with the recent trial of Duch and the start of case 002.

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Blogger RoamingRenata said...

Hi Andy, I have just come across your blog while researching Neak Ta and I'm so glad I did! I have recently returned from a small trip to Cambodia and actually went to this land mine Museum while I was there. The work he has done/is doing is just amazing. Anyways just thought I would say hi and let you know that I am enjoying your blog! :)

January 23, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

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