Jehane Noujaim’s THE SQUARE (2013,103 min) is the first Egyptian film to earn an Oscar nomination – but it cannot officially be shown in Egypt itself. That is down to its provocative subject matter: the documentary charts the course of Egypt's political upheaval since 2011, through the eyes of a handful of Tahrir Square protesters. It is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.
KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left off: the same valley, same men, but a very different look at the experience of war.
KORENGAL not only shows what war looks like, but how war works and what it means to the young men who fight it. While one soldier cheers when he kills the enemy, another asks if God will ever forgive him for the killing he has done. As one soldier grieves the loss of a friend, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended, and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat.
Every bit as intense and affecting as RESTREPO, KORENGAL gives audiences a front row view into the world of combat.
Most fascinating is the seemingly unanimous feeling that while deployment in Korengal was hard and heartbreaking, these veterans would do it all again just to stay together, to remain brothers who mutually understand something no on else will ever know. – SEATTLE TIMES
Those of us who haven’t served on active duty can’t know what it’s like. Taken together, “Restrepo” and “Korengal” brings us about as close to the experience as we can, or would want, to get. – ARIZONA REPUBLIC
The film is a tribute to the courage, tenacity and sorrow of the men with their boots on the ground in a place very far away. – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
(90 mins, documentary, history, news)
The Khmer Rouge ran what is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most brutal regimes. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now.
In ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE the men and women who perpetrated the massacres – from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two – break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen.
Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved through a decade of work by one of Cambodia’s best investigative journalists, Thet Sambath. Sambath is on a personal quest: he lost his own family in the Killing Fields.
The film is his journey to discover not how but why they died. In doing so, he hears and understands for the first time the real story of his country’s tragedy. After years of visits and trust-building, Sambath finally persuades Brother Number Two to admit (again, for the first time) in detail how he and Pol Pot (the two supreme powers in the Khmer Rouge state) decided to kill party members whom they considered ‘Enemies of the People’.
Sambath’s remarkable work goes even one stage further: over the years he befriends a network of killers in the provinces who implemented the kill policy. For the first time, we see how orders created on an abstract political level translate into foul murder in the rice fields and forests of the Cambodian plain. We have repeatedly used the expression ‘for the first time’. This is because Sambath’s work represents a watershed both in Cambodian historiography and in the country’s quest for closure on one of the world’s darkest episodes.
The United Nations and the Cambodian government have set up a tribunal to try the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge for international crimes. Brother Number Two convicted to life in prison last August 2014. The trials deliver a form of justice.
Sambath says: “Some may say no good can come from talking to killers and dwelling on past horror, but I say these people have sacrificed a lot to tell the truth. In daring to confess they have done good, perhaps the only good thing left. They and all the killers like them must be part of the process of reconciliation if my country is to move forward.”
(93 mins, documentary)
In partnership with the Heritage Mission of Cambodia, the Institut français hosts an event dedicated to the urban story and the development of Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city of Cambodia. This event includes 2 exhibitions, an architecture contest, a screening series about urbanism, and 3 conferences. Don't miss the opening evening on Tuesday 30th September: cocktail, screening and music!
More info : https://www.facebook.com/events/743105432391620
WELCOME TO THE WORLD (2012, 58 min) by Brian Hill follows women in their pregnancy, childbirth and beyond, in some of the most disparate locales on Earth – Cambodia, Sierra Leone, USA and the UK. Its intention is to celebrate how miraculous childbirth is, as well as demonstrate the risk and occasional horror that children have in even getting here. This film from the successful WHY POVERTY? series has a definite message – appreciate how lucky you are simply to have been born in the right place and the right time.
We play Tuesdays on the 3g fields at 8pm, Wednesdays at 4.30pm on the ISPP fields (street 380 directly across from Blue Pumpkin), and Sundays from 3.30 to sundown at Northbridge.
New players (of all experience levels and genders) are welcome on any or all of these days.
Email CraigDGerard@gmail.com to let us know you are coming!
For three years, filmmakers Jean-Michel Carrt and Jill Emery interviewed dozens of people to gain insight into the life and political motivations of Russia's most powerful politician, Vladimir Putin. They spoke to long-time supporters, like Putin's former schoolteacher, Vera Gurvich, to his harshest critics, like world chess champion Garry Karparov, as well as many KGB and Kremlin insiders. What emerged is the point-of-view documentary THE PUTIN SYSTEM (2007, 87 min) that presents an ominous view of what Putin is willing to do to ensure Russia regains its position on the world stage.
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)
The Hornet’s Nest is a groundbreaking and immersive feature film, using unprecedented real footage to tell the story of an elite group of U.S. troops sent on a dangerous mission deep inside one of Afghanistan’s most hostile valleys.
The film culminates with what was planned as a single day strike turning into nine intense days of harrowing combat against an invisible, hostile enemy in the country’s complex terrain where no foreign troops have ever dared to go before.
Two embedded journalists, a father and son, bravely followed the troops through the fiercest and most blood-soaked battlegrounds of the conflict. What resulted is an intensely raw feature film experience that will give audiences a deeply emotional and authentic view of the heroism at the center of this gripping story.
A vivid up-close view of the travails of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. – VARIETY
It’s a thrilling you-are-there war movie, with incredible images from the middle of firefights, mixed with the story of a father and son trying to reconnect. – ARIZONA REPUBLIC
We’re not suggesting that this film is going to drive A-list actors and directors out of the war-movie business. But The Hornet’s Nest might push them to change what they do in the name of realism. – DALLAS MORNING NEWS
(93 mins, documentary, action, history)
Great yoga classes for your lunch break!
Think you do not have time for class and to get lunch? No problem! Just take a look at the menu at our reception and place your order before class and your delicious healthy meal will be delivered by ARTillery Cafe by the end of class. You can relax and eat in our beautiful yard or take it back to the office.
Mondays: 12.15- 13.30 - Slow Flow Yoga, a class for all abilities to stretch out, relax and refresh.
Tuesdays: 12.15- 13.30- Slow Flow Yoga, a class for all abilities to stretch out, relax and refresh.
Wednesdays: 12.15- 13.15- YogAbs/YogButt, a yoga class for all levels with an emphasis on strengthening and toning the tum and bum. This class includes Pilates type exercises along with Yoga Asana.
Thursdays: 12.15- 13.30- Slow Flow Yoga, a class for all abilities to stretch out, relax and refresh.
Fridays: 12.15-13.30- Sweat & Samadhi a flow style yoga class which will improve strength as well as flexibility, balance and posture.
See www.yogaphnompenh.com for schedule.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.40 and 6.50pm
5.40pm - Progressive/Intermediate level - continuous exercise, more challenging work and greater strength training.
6.50pm - Basic/Progressive - greater concentration on fundamental exercises, correct muscle recruitment and preparation for more advanced practice (this class will also cater to beginners wishing to start pilates practice) - still a demanding workout!
5.40pm - Basic/Progressive - greater concentration on fundamental exercises, correct muscle recruitment and preparation for more advanced practice (this class will also cater to beginners wishing to start pilates practice) - still a demanding workout!
6.50pm - Progressive/Intermediate level - continuous exercise, more challenging work and greater strength training.
Paul is a professional pilates instuctor specialising in matwork, small apparatus and studio. He trained and taught for 8 years in Australia before moving to Cambodia, teaching mat work and working with people of all ages and pilates experience to address postural problems and common back complaints.
Paul is currently offering mat classes for people who would like to experience classical pilates with a focus on whole body strengthening, form and flow. Exercises are adapted to the level that suits each client and are classes are designed to ensure a healthy and challenging workout.
Enquiries into personal sessions are also welcome.
Tuesday Night Jazz Club - featuring Graham Cain (Acoustic Soloist), a regular performer to Sharkys - and well renowned for his vast array of songs from his own personal 'Jukebox of 1,300 songs.' If you have a favorite, please don't be shy and ask Graham for requests! You may be pleasantly surprised !
Hello Sally! is an exclusive and new collection of 17 abstract paintings. These result from a long academic journey within the traditional Cambodian art of painting. In this exhibition, Em Riem is now extending his talent to the world of abstract, while still glorifying his culture and knowledge in his own and unique way.
Hello Sally! will be Em Riem’s 3rd exhibition at The Plantation. He was indeed the very first artist to exhibit at the Lotus Pond Gallery early 2012 and participated later to the collective exhibition ”40 masks - 40 artists”. Paintings are available for sale.
Originally from Kandal province, Em Riem is a Cambodian 43 years-old artist who graduated from the Royal University of Fine Arts of Phnom Penh and the Higher National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, France. Em Riem’s art includes a wide range of materials and inspirations: from rattan designed sofas to abstract aluminium sculptures, painted portraits of Khmer Rouge’s victims or eclectic acrylic paintings of the countryside. Em Riem is also one of the most famous male fashion models in Cambodia, with a unique creative and personal style.
After a quiet period of almost two years, Meas Sokhorn will exhibit a new series of paintings. Working on a background of alarming-red, Meas depicts figures on motorbikes, in cars and walking along the roads of Phnom Penh. The figures are not grounded to any fixed perspective and seem to be detached from the background—creating a loose and chaotic composition. It gives the impression that one could shake the canvas and the characters would float around and settle in new positions. But the artistic narrative unfolds in the details.
In the corner of one canvas are the words in English “LANE OWNER,” while horns emerge from the faces of pedestrians, a steering wheel and policeman caps. In another, a Chivas logo covers the road that cars drive over. The passengers carry bottles of alcohol and firearms. While another painting refers to the political rallies of the Cambodian General election of 2013.
Although the literal representation is largely traffic and alcohol, a secondary and subversive theme of class conflict and exploitation of power pervades the body of work. When discussing these themes with Meas, he refers to the congested roads of Phnom Penh as a “moving slum.” A metaphor that refers to the seeming lack of order and infrastructure despite the fact that there are rules and laws in place to govern the interactions. He says that the whole system is broken and no one is taking responsibility.
When asked why, as an artist, do you present this theme in your work, Meas replied that he has observed and been subjected to this growing problem and felt compelled to respond, “This is all I can do—I have my brush.” The stop-sign red background of the paintings serve as a warning of danger. A warning that he hopes will stimulate conversation and hopefully serve as a call to action.