Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Becker on show

Authors Jon Swain and Elizabeth Becker in Phnom Penh in April 2010
Elizabth Becker knows Cambodia well. She's currently in town to give testimony at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Case 002. She's also opening a multi-media exhibition at Bophana Center on Street 200 tomorrow evening (9Feb) at 6pm of her own photographs and recordings, which will continue through until 22 Feb. She had this to say:"The Bophana Center is holding an exhibit of my colour photographs from my 1978 reporting trip to Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. The exhibit includes a multi-media presentation with recordings of my interviews with Pol Pot, Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith. The exhibit is timed to coincide with case 002 at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. I donated all of the above to the center last year (digitalized copies) for its permanent collection and I encourage all of you to consider doing the same. You keep your copyright while giving Cambodia's national audio-visual center documentation of the country's modern history, much of which was destroyed during war, revolution and upheaval."
Becker is the author of the acclaimed When The War Was Over as well as the story of Bophana, a heroine of Tuol Sleng. She has covered national and international affairs as a Washington correspondent at The New York Times, the Senior Foreign Editor at National Public Radio and a Washington Post correspondent. She began her career as a war reporter in Cambodia in 1972 and was one of only two journalists to visit Cambodia and interview Pol Pot while he was in power. Her colleague, Malcolm Caldwell, was murdered during the visit to Phnom Penh.

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