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Half-Built Dreams Languish in ‘Diamond Island’

Director Davy Chou’s feature film debut, “Diamond Island,” chronicles the lives of young men who perform grueling work on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich—by day, a construction site sprouting 40-story luxury condominiums, and by night, the premier mingling spot for the capital’s young, lovestruck and restless.

Animated Film Festival to Showcase Foreign, Local Work

Animation is not a technique for commitment-phobes. With affordable software available on the internet, dabblers can easily pick up the basics—but mastering the required skills takes complete dedication.

Reopened Battambang Gallery Shows Ordinary People at Work

The Maek Make Art Space, closed for two years as its artist-manager pursued an art residency in Thailand, has reopened this month in Battambang City with a renovated space and an exhibition that reflects a new approach to presenting Cambodian talent.

Architecture Students Imagine Future in ‘City of Memory’

Classic buildings are more than just landmarks to Silas Everett, country representative for The Asia Foundation. They are physical embodiments of culture, time and place.

Documentary Paints Moving Portrait of ‘Killing Fields’ Star

Despite leaving a few stones unturned, Arthur Dong’s unique blend of animation and rare archival footage more than does justice to one of Cambodia’s greatest sons.

Sketches Show Process Behind Artist’s Memorial

Sera's research led to the publication of three graphic novels covering the civil war of the early 1970s, the Khmer Rouge regime and its aftermath. His most ambitious work will be released early next year.

Farm Tech

Innovators and entrepreneurs team up to build better rodent traps—and other tools—for Cambodia’s small-scale farmers. But will they catch on?

Cafe Cultivates a Playful, Thoughtful Space for Young Artists

Four years after hatching an idea to nurture and preserve Cambodian culture through a coffee shop, Sakada Sam opened K.E Cafe and Lounge in Phnom Penh with the tagline “Coffee with memory.”

History on the Rocks

A remote cave’s cherished ancient paintings withstand the elements, but face an uncertain future.

A Modern Prayer Echoed on Angkor’s Walls

One of the first Khmer poems to be inscribed in stone—an ode to the Buddha’s enlightenment carved into the walls of Angkor Wat in 1702—it turns out, contains snippets of a traditional prayer, the “Lotus Flower Offer­ing,” which is still sung in Cambodia today.

Looking at Angkor Through an Artist’s Archives

The exhibition “The Singapore Art Archive Project”, organized by a group of museum curators, includes a vast array of materials, ranging from magazine articles on Southeast Asian arts in the early 1960s to photographs of Cambodian villages.

Artist Explores Human Nature in Series of Nude Paintings

About five years ago, Cambodian artist Heng Ravuth embarked on a journey—exploring human nature through the naked body.

The Peacemaker

War destroyed Chea Vannath’s world. Then, through faith, she redefined her future.

Composer Seeks to Merge Western, Khmer Musical Traditions

Chinary Ung is one of the foremost contemporary composers in the U.S. He also happens to be a Cambodian-American with a passion for encouraging the development of links between Western and Khmer music.

Cambodia’s ‘Krom’ Submitted for Two Grammys

Krom, a bluesy five-piece that formed in Phnom Penh in 2010, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, founder Christopher Minko confirmed on Friday.

Kem Ley’s Final Fables

In the two weeks before political analyst Kem Ley was shot dead in a gas station convenience store last weekend, he posted 19 political “jokes” to his Facebook page, having announced plans to write 99 and then publish them in a book at the end of this year.

Fields & Fresh Blood—The Songs of Angkar

The songs of the Khmer Rouge served as the inescapable soundtrack to the regime's brutal reign, but also acted as a failed attempt to inculcate the proper revolutionary mindset, according to new research.

Children—A New Defense Against Looting?

A program by Heritage Watch trains children to appreciate their archeological heritage in hopes of inspiring their efforts to prevent it from disappearing.

Film Festival to Tackle Trafficking, Migration

Organizers of this year’s Chaktomuk Short Film Festival are encouraging the submission of films addressing human trafficking and migration.

Risqué Business

On a street lined with girlie bars, Phnom Penh’s first Hooters stands apart in orange hot pants.