Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A few events this week include an exhibition of photographs opening at The Plantation Hotel in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. Its a series of images taken by three photographers in the wake of the recent death of Cambodia's King Father. The exhibition is called Boung Soung (Khmer for Prayers to the King) and the photographers include my old pal Nick Sells, easily the best event snapper in the Kingdom. The following evening, Thursday, is the opening night of the 6-nights a week Plae Pakaa season of traditional shows by Cambodian Living Arts performers at the National Museum. Tickets are $10 a pop and there are three different shows, classical and folk dancing, Yike opera and theatre, which will alternate throughout the tourist high season. I'm hopeful of watching the Yike on Friday and the theatre on Saturday, having witnessed the excellent Children of Bassac shows in the past. Also on Thursday at Meta House is the first showing of the documentary Brother Number One, the story of Rob Hamill's search for the truth behind the disappearance of his brother Kerry in 1978 and Rob's subsequent confrontation with the man responsible for his brother's death at S-21, Comrade Duch. The film starts at 7pm, tickets cost $5 and Rob will be here, all the way from New Zealand, for a Q&A session. The film is being shown on Friday night as well. Don't miss it.