Phnom Penh will host the second international film heritage festival MEMORY! From 31 May to 8 June 2014.
The film festival is screening 50 films from all over the world for free to the public. Leading figures in the film industry and professional delegation from more than 20 countries will conduct a cine-concert, conference and meeting with internal specialists of heritage films.
The first festival of its kind in Asia – was created in 2013, following on from festivals like II Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna and Lumiere in Lyon. It aims to establish an annual event dedicated to film heritage in Asia, symbolically based in Cambodia, a country that has lost its entire film heritage.
The festival will boost screen culture and public art performance that are still limited in the city. Rithy Panh, the first nominated, Cambodian filmmaker for academy award, recalled rich culture of public performance such as drama and cinema house back in the 1960s and 1970s of Phnom Penh City.
“I do accept that we still have limitation of places and cinema for showing our culture,” says Rithy Panh. “At the meantime, we can see such art performance only in a certain places organized by some NGOs like the Cambodia Living Art.”
The Kingdom’s capital is on the rise after less than 3 decades of war and political turmoil, the city of two million is recapturing some of its vibrant essence. Screen house of Cambodia culture and art performance is found only in a few places throughout the city. A place like Meta House (meta-house.com), offered variety of paid and free space for screening Khmer films, which are often, participated by the foreign expats and tourists.
Last year, Cambodia Living Arts: Plae Pkaa performance offered season of performance called Plae Pakaa at the national Museum of Cambodia. The performance of Khmer culture and art included Yike (opera), classical dance and folk dance. Organization like Sovanna Phum Art Association & Art Gallery also offers weekly performance of puppet shadow mostly for the tourists.
Please share the places of Cambodia art performances that haven’t mentioned in this article.
All in all, there are still limitations of public and private performance of Cambodia arts in Phnom Penh.
The following list is a schedule of the Memory Film Festival second edition: