Friday, November 21, 2014

A thorny problem

Shown tonight at Meta House, Life and Death at Preah Vihear was David A Feingold's 5-year project to bring the historical views from both sides, Cambodia and Thailand, to the thorny problem of Prasat Preah Vihear. For the moment things have gone quiet at the disputed border temple but no doubt it will again burst into life, when the Thais decide to once again throw it back into the political cauldron. One interesting feature at PV was the newly-created prominence of General Dee in the minds of some Cambodians, who have elevated this 16th century general to national hero status. I'd never encountered the story of Dee on any of my visits to the temple. As an insight into the history of the problem, the documentary worked for me. Below, the producer is pictured with the film's Khmer translator Molyka.
David A Feingold and Molyka, his translator


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