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Researcher Traces Life, Times of Cambodia’s Old Cinemas

Since last September, Jessica Austin has been crisscrossing the country in search of buildings that, half a century ago, were part of what made Cambodia magical: the country’s cinemas.

Outdoor Art Fair in Battambang to Showcase City’s Artists

Street art can come in many different forms. In Battambang this weekend, it will take on a more literal meaning with an outdoor art fair allowing visitors to stroll in the open air and enjoy artworks on display.

Sex, Lies, Tragedy: Classic Yike Explores Duplicity in Musical

The theater director, staging a performance of the story of “Kakei” in musical theater yike on Sunday night in Phnom Penh, hopes to challenge the centuries-old notion that the protagonist is a “bad girl.”

Photography Students Display Work

Opening tonight at the Institut Francais is the exhibition “Studio Images: Music” featuring works by students of the institute’s photography classes.

Cambodian Arts Legend Kong Nay Receives Asian Art Prize

Kong Nay, a master of Cambodia’s centuries-old art form of chapei dang veng, has been named this year’s recipient of Japan’s Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize.

How Cambodians Shape Their History Through the Present

Sunday’s commune elections have already become part of the nation’s history. But beyond what observers and journalists will say or write about it, and the analyses historians and researchers will make in the years to come, the story of what happened and its effect on the country will soon be part of Cambodia’s “social memory.”

NGO Cheers Opening of Animation Studio in Phnom Penh

Visitors to the Institut Francais tonight will be met by life-size cardboard characters inspired by the 2D animations and illustrations of Phare Creative Studio, a new social enterprise that helps fund NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang City.

‘I Am the Five’ Photograph Exhibition Honors Jailed Activists

Each photograph makes a statement, showing personal solidarity with the Adhoc 5. There are 365 in all: one photo for each day the activists have spent in jail.

Outdoor Painting Presents Challenges for Fine Arts Students

A blue-black cityscape of skyscrapers towering over trees; traditional wooden fishing boats bobbing on the water. The latest work from artists and students from the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) manages to perfectly capture the beauty of the Phnom Penh landscape.

Movie Moments: an Exploration of Film Through the Ages

When people talk about their favorite film, they’re likely to point out a moment or scene that was especially memorable, says French photographer Christian Milovanoff, explaining the inspiration behind a project he started on Facebook.

Exhibit Reveals Portraits of People at Home in Phnom Penh

In September, German photographer Astrid Schulz set out to capture how people who live and work in Phnom Penh feel about the city they call home.

After Global Success, Sopheap Pich Opens Local Exhibition

The golden artwork that nearly fills the back wall of the Institut Francais’ gallery is a vast abstract spread over a fine bamboo grid, creating a landscape with a thousand facets.

Local, International Art on Display in Siem Reap

Cambodian and international artists will be featured in an exhibition, “The Arts of Music and Dance,” opening on Friday night in Siem Reap City.

Weaving Past and Present Together With Civilized Sampots

“Sampot civilise” (Civilized sampot), a new exhibition in Phnom Penh, celebrates one of Cambodia’s oldest garments, at once both beautiful and practical, and kept alive through the country’s good times and bad.

Evoking the Past, Festival Presents Indian Lineage of Arts

For two millennia, merchants and monks have carried parts of their culture across Asia, influencing everything from religious practices to the arts in Cambodia, including bringing some traditions from India that were transformed upon arrival.

‘Breaking the System Is Not Bad’: Artist Paints for Freedom

Is there such a thing as true freedom? Or is it impossible to escape pressures from family, friends, lovers, work, society or oneself—no matter how much one tries? This is the question artist Nov Cheanick raises in his latest exhibition “Break the System,” held at Battambang City’s Sangker Gallery.

Sweeping Film Views Cambodia From on High

Breathtaking glimpses of Cambodia’s rolling rice fields, forests, shorelines, temples and palaces fill the opening sequence of the documentary “Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia”—an attempt to encapsulate the country’s vast scenery in one short sweep.

Researchers Explore Khmer Memories Linking Past to Present

A sense of Khmer history has persisted through centuries of Cambodian upheaval and turmoil, a tenuous, ambiguous chain of memories sinking and resurfacing over a vastness of forgotten time. Those shifting sands of memory—created, shared and lost—are explored in a collection of research being presented tonight at the Institut Francais.

Tale Follows Overworn Path But Emerges With True Heart

In “A River and a Valley Far Away,” the Cambodia that author Wayne McCallum renders is a place that’s recognizable and deeply lived—a rural village in the coastal heartland, where he spent a year of his life volunteering for a local conservation NGO.

Photojournalist’s Unwavering Lens Captured Wartime Suffering

In 1987, a young American photojournalist headed to Thailand to document the precarious life of Cambodians in refugee camps along the border. What his photographs captured were the dire circumstances of everyday life, and the tremendous fear and deep sorrow of those who survived the starvation, beatings and executions that had claimed so many lives.