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In ‘Striving,’ Artist Probes Ties Between Fantasy and Reality

Painter Chov Theanly is both puzzled and captivated by those who assume personas while virtually ignoring the world that surrounds them, and his latest exhibition of paintings explores this dichotomy in oils.

A Poet, Purged

Unlike so many, his words live on—in essays, poetry, a novel and a documentary film, “A Tomb for Khun Srun,” to be shown Saturday at the Institut Francais.

Ministry Takes First Step Toward Grants for Arts

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has taken the first step toward setting up grant funding for the arts, ministry officials said on Fri­day.

Future Architects’ Passion Powers Library Project

If Phnom Penh architecture students had their way, the National Library of Cambodia would be more than just a place to read and check out books.

Structural Problems Sink Plans for Arts Boat

A year ago, a team of leading arts advocates in Phnom Penh unveiled grand plans to turn a multi-story boat into a visual and performing arts center off Sisowath Quay. But those plans were scrapped after inspections revealed costly structural problems.

Fish Enthusiasts Share Passion at First Flowerhorn Contest

Eighteen competitors entered their pet flowerhorn fish—a colorful ornamental species known for a large bump on its head—in what organizers said was Cambodia’s first flowerhorn competition.

Human Trafficking Survivors Inspire Short Films

Young Cambodian filmmakers teamed up with human trafficking survivors last month to write scripts inspired by true events, casting mostly unknown actors in their short films and shooting scenes in Siem Reap, all in a whirlwind and on a shoestring budget.

Kampot Writers Festival Returns With Emphasis on Listening

As it opens for its second year today, the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival will try to dig its roots into the sleepy riverside town, divine its culture and expand its impact on Cambodia’s literary scene.

Shakespeare Meets Khmer at Phnom Penh Music Festival

The International Music Festival, which opens tonight in Phnom Penh, will this year be filled with the songs, poems and gentle melodies played on instruments that charmed royals and street vendors alike four centuries ago in Europe—but with a Cambodian-inspired twist.

Historian Discusses Communist Policies of Terror and Control

French historian and editor of “The Black Book of Communism,” Stephane Courtois discusses terror as a government tool.

Artist Reflects on Cambodia’s Modern History in Mixed-Media Works

If one were to capture, in a collection of images, what Cambodia has gone through over the past 50 years, it would look something like Leang Seckon’s latest series, which opens on Monday night at Java Cafe in Phnom Penh.

‘Decomposition’ Unearths the Cycle of Life, Decay and Rebirth

The title of Yim Maline’s latest series of artworks may be misleading, as the word “decomposition” doesn’t usually evoke beauty. But the pieces in her exhibition, opening tonight at Phnom Penh gallery Sa Sa Bassac, are stunning.

In New Exhibition on Khmer Rouge, Devil Is in the Details

This year, the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center will focus on the details of Pol Pot’s labor camps to mark Unesco’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, which will be celebrated around the world on Thursday.

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?