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Lady Penh: what to do in Phnom Penh?

Lady Penh is the founder of Phnom Penh and tells you about what's going on in Phnom Penh!

not to miss!
D+0  Sat. 22/11, 10:00 - Kids Session: BABE (1995) @ The Flicks 1
D+0  Sat. 22/11, 15:00 - Best of Phnom Penh Party @ Equinox
D+1  Sun. 23/11, 10:00 - WIG Christmas Fair @ Intercontinental Hotel
D+6  Fri. 28/11, 20:00 - Wazobia! @ Rock! Cambodia
Saturday, November 22
sports
09:00 Pony Club @ Cambodia Country Club
 
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Participants learn more about grooming, braiding, promenades and the caring of ponies. Details 023 885 591.

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not to miss! 10:00 Kids Session: BABE (1995) @ The Flicks 1
 
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A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog — or, rather, sheep pig — in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script.

The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep, despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell).

Because technically impeccable animatronics and computer graphics allow the farm animals to converse easily among themselves, first-time director Chris Noonan can treat the film’s menagerie as actual characters, playing scene not for cuteness but for real emotions.

The result is often surprisingly touching, with Noonan and George Miller’s script, based on Dick King-Smith’s children’s book and, indirectly, a true story, seamlessly combining gentle whimsy and sincere feeling.

These same qualities are embodied by in Cromwell’s beautifully understated performance as Farmer Hoggett, which anchors the film.

Despite its unlikely premise and low profile, Babe’s inspirational story was embraced by audiences and critics, and the movie became an international sleeper that won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

(89 mins, comedy, drama, family)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myyb4FUUMwI

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10:30 Babes & Bubs @ The Willow
 
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Babes and Bubs day is intended as a get together for women with children and babes that you may have or may not have met before.

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sports
10:30 Yoga @ Samata Spa
 
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Saturday, 10.30am - 12.00pm: Yoga Focus

Sunday, 10.30am - 12.00pm: Yoga Flow

Monday to Friday, 12.20pm - 13.30pm: Yoga Revive

$9 per class or score the 10-class pass for $80.

Come and join us!

Until: December 31

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sports
12:15 Adult's Ballet @ Central School of Ballet Phnom Penh
 
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Class is structured to provide students with a firm foundation in ballet technique and vocabulary in a series of steps. This class is mainly for people who danced when they were younger and a looking for a "refresher" course, or have a lot of experience in another dance style and want to quickly cover all the basics of ballet before advancing.

Costs are $12 per class.

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cinema
14:00 WAAR IS HET PAARD VAN SINTERKLAAS? @ The Flicks 1
 

Only for Dutch (and Dutch-speaking) kids, The Flicks 1 screens the Dutch Saint Nicholas movie WAAR IS HET PAARD VAN SINTERKLAAS. Cover charge is $2 for kids under 18 and $3.50 for kids over 18 years old.

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14:00 A MAP FOR SATURDAY (2009) @ The Flicks 2+3
 
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On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents.

The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored. But at its core, SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.

In 2005 Brook Silva-Braga put his seemingly idyllic life on hold to back-pack around the world. A successful television producer living in New York, Braga explains in a diary-entry type video confessional that now in his late twenties he sees himself heading down the same typical path as all his friends: success, marriage, children etc, etc.

Seeing a small window of opportunity he tells work that he’s taking a year off for a solo trip around the world, packs up his apartment and prepares for a journey that he documents with a hand-held camera.

Braga has explored a fascinating lifestyle that few dare to experience, and he has found a way to communicate and relate those unique experiences through funny and observing commentaries. We particularly liked his explanation of how it felt to be going home after a year abroad, after a year of traveling and discovering: “it’s like breaking up with someone you love, like quitting a job”.

(90 min, documentary)

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sports
15:00 Phnom Penh Social Mixed Touch Rugby @ Northbridge International School
 

Guys, girls and all abilities welcome.

Normal play on Saturday is at 3-5pm at Northbridge school. A shared tuktuk ride out is available every week leaving BKK1.

Email: pptouchrugby@gmail.com to find out more, check the time and location, and book your place in the tuktuk!

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party
not to miss! 15:00 Best of Phnom Penh Party @ Equinox
 
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Line up Live Bands / DJs / Live painting/ Face painting / beatbox show / Street magic show / Drinking Games / Foods / Drinks..... and SO MUCH MORE.

Organized by: The Advisor

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16:00 Fishing Boat Trip @ Brown Coffee
 
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Go fishing near Phnom Penh!

Everybody gets their own rod and drinks. At the end of the trip, participants will cook some river fish Cambodian style with pepper sauve and sour mango, even if no fish are caught. Stories about the river and its history will also be told. Email dorn_phok@yahoo.com or call 0978970007 to makae a reservation before Friday.

$10 per person. Pick up from Brown Coffee at the river side.

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cinema
16:00 IF I STAY (new) @ The Flicks 1
 
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Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley).

But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant after a car accident puts her in a coma, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

“If I Stay” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Gayle Forman.

It sounds mawkish as hell, but director RJ Cutler reads his target teen audience well, crediting them with more intelligence and resilience than one might expect. – THE OBSERVER

Traverses potential minefields of romance movie melodrama with precision and clarity. – SPECTRUM

(107 mins, drama)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMp896hfp74

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16:00 ONE COUCH AT A TIME (2013) @ The Flicks 2+3
 
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One Couch at a Time follows ‘CouchSurfing evangelist’ Alexandra Liss across 6 continents, 21 countries, CouchSurfing for 7 months in the first full-length feature ever to document the CouchSurfing movement and this emerging ‘age of sharing’ we are entering.

One Couch at a Time is the first full-length feature documentary on the CouchSurfing movement and this emerging “age of sharing” we are entering. The film follows protagonist and veteran CouchSurfer, Alexandra Liss, through 21 countries, 6 subcontinents, for 7 months using CouchSurfing.org. As we explore our inner and societal limits, this film pushes us to ask ourselves and our peers “what would YOU be willing to share with a stranger?”

CouchSurfing is a planet in this “sharing economy” galaxy- and the platform for which this entire film takes place. Alexandra also explores crowd funding, co-working, ridesharing, and gifting at the ultimate sharing society – Burningman! We focus, however, on the micro by capturing the magical, heart-warming, serendipitous exchanges that occur one couch at a time.

Each host and traveler along the way provide unique experiences becoming sub-subjects illustrating the incredible exchange. Alexandra, who begins her journey full of confusion, ends up learning lessons of a lifetime with the help of a few worldly friends.

We learn, that by embracing the “age of sharing” mentality is to have access to methods which make the pursuit of your passions and dreams merely a couch away. Featured interviews include sharing economy expert Rachel Botsman, founder of Burningman Larry Harvey, sacred economist Charles Eisenstein, and of course, the founder of Couchsurfing, Casey Fenton.

(87 mins, documentary, adventure)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6KXs978mAM

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exhibition
16:30 “In the Intimacy of Humanitarian Action” OPENING RECEPTION @ Bophana Center
 
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The exhibition will showcase scenes of humanitarian fields across the world, accompanied by poetical texts. A sensorial experience of looking into the inner side of humanitarian work through images, poems, film and discussion. After its great successes in Paris (December 2011 and September 2014), the exhibition is shown in the Kingdom for the first time. Especially for the Cambodian edition of the exhibition, the photos and poems will be presented in 4 languages (Khmer, English, Japanese and French).

Press conference: at 4:30 pm (20 min c.a. / Welcome drink upon arrival)

5pm: projection of two short films - “Cambodia’s Children: Investing in Their Future” (10 min. English version) - “Planting Efforts” (15 min. Khmer version with English subtitles

6pm-9pm: opening ceremony: cocktail, buffet, presentation of NGO AEC-Foyer Lataste

Running times of the exhibition: November 18 – December 3

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17:00 Cambodia’s Children: Investing in Their Future @ Bophana Center
 

The screening will accompany the launch of the exhibition Ín the Interest of Humanitarian Action’, presented by AEC Foyer Lataste, a Franco Khmer child protection NGO.

Cambodia’sChildren: Investing in Their Future Film by Asian Development Bank (ADB), 11 min. English version

Planting Efforts Film by Department of Media and Communications (DMC) 15 min. Khmer version with English subtitles

Cine Saturday is a flagship project of Bophana Center where our archivists pick each time a film from the vast collection of the Center. Free entry. All are welcome.

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18:00 Passage du milieu (1999) @ Institut Français
 
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Passage du milieu, directed by Guy Deslauriers at the Institut français' Movie Theater (218, street 184) French OV with English Subtitles

  1. A slave ship is leaving Senegal to reach America. A realistic look at the horrors of the slave trade, told entirely through the voice of a dead African slave whose spirit haunts the ocean route.

Tickets : 2$ and 1$ (Media Library suscribers)

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18:00 Hidden Talents Night @ Ludwik German Beergarden
 
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There are always some hidden talents somewhere, most probably around you or it can be YOU. Our Hidden Talents Night will allow people to express their hidden talents to their loved ones, as well as the public. The performances varies from singers, instrumentalists, dancers to all kinds of musicians.

Come join this exciting night and cheer for our talented artists/your friends!

Want to express your talent too? Send us a message with your name, phone number and tell us what you are going to perform to: - Our facebook page Ludwik or - Our email address: ludwik.germanbeergarden@gmail.com

We are very much looking forward to your participation!

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18:00 Freida Pinto in DESERT DANCER (new) @ The Flicks 1+2+3
 
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Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian.

During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire, Miral, Trishna) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.

Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as- Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afhsin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another.

(98 mins, biography, drama)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt2Orypgcx0

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20:30 WHAT IF (new) @ The Flicks 3
 
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WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships.

So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver from GIRLS) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold.

It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship.

Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? The ensemble romantic comedy costars Megan Park and Oona Chaplin.

“What If” flies by on the instant and lasting chemistry between leads Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. – DETROIT NEWS

With his first romantic-comedy, Daniel Radcliffe proves adept at delivering snappy dialogue and generating strong chemistry with his costars, so it’s frustrating that the film is never remotely believable. – CONTACT MUSIC

(98 mins, comedy, drama)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A86JGbBEaBk

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20:30 THE KILLING FIELDS (1984) @ The Flicks 2
 
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Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war, in Phnom Penh.

When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in.

The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed and a must-see for everybody in Cambodia; locals as visitors.

(141 minutes, biography, drama, history)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92zK2w78J-c

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party
22:00 Saturday Tech Lounge @ Pontoon Pulse
 
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Awesome house night with dj Flo + friends!

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22:00 Saturday Shamanism @ Duplex Club
 
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Saturday Shamanism From 10am with DJ Shaman.

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22:00 Highrise Party @ Dusk till Dawn
 
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After a summer break, Phnom Penh's premier underground party returns for another fantastic night high above the city, under the stars on the amazing Rooftop Terrace of DUSK till DAWN.

Playing the very best in Drum and Bass/TechHouse/Breaks will be 3 of Phnom Penh's brightest underground DJs - DJ Sequence (Phnom Penh Underground) alongside party madmen, the Kimchi Collective and the mighty Sir Alan Ritchie.

Come and join us in this unique venue with 360 degree views of Phnom Penh for a party you'll never forget! As always, its FREE ENTRY. 10pm till late

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Regulars and reminders
exhibition
"The Silent Life" by Chloé Jarry and Adrien Guigon @ Institut Français
 
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IFC invites young French artists Chloé Jarry and Adrien Guigon to share a one-month creative residency in Cambodia. Their work focuses on urban and daily life, filled with items – including unattractive ones - that art can question and sublimate. Chloé Jarry recreates patterns and items of daily life with ceramics, revealing their sculptural nature. Adrien Guigon finds his raw materials in urban areas, and turns them into colorful and poetic objects.

The residence also involved some students from the Royal University of Fine Arts, who attended a moulding workshop on the topic of "still life", using common items of daily life. Chloé Jarry and Adrien Guigon's artworks will be shown along with the RUFA student ones in the exhibition gallery of Institut Français !

More: http://goo.gl/dcuhge

Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 19 / Saturday from 11 to 18

Until: December 31

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"Happy Paintings" by Stef @ The Plantation
 
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Happy Painting is a collection of 14 large size canvases started 20 years ago when Stef moved in Cambodia. Stef’s paintings overflow with the joy of life and serenity.

He constructs worlds where bliss and kindness reign supreme, as remedy for the unhappiness surrounding us. The artist’s vision is naïve, with figurative motifs and vibrant colours.

Stef’s unique style - that one may have seen in many places in Cambodia - has supporters all around the world. Happy Painting exhibition at The Plantation will be one of the first times that such a great number of Stef’s paintings will be displaced together.

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