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Fashion Forward

In its fourth iteration, Phnom Penh Designers Week considers the theme “Now is the Future,” inviting avant-garde experimentation along with ready-to-wear basics from eight local and international labels.

Lens Romance

The photo exhibition opening Tuesday at the Sofitel hotel in Phnom Penh gives an insight into Cambodia as it appeared to visitors in the late 1920s.

New Film Seeks to Revive Forgotten Monument

The short film “What if the Stones could speak,” shown at Bophana Center Saturday afternoon, could be described as a cry from the heart on behalf of historical monuments in the country.

Far From Zion

“I felt like nobody knew there were Jews here in Cambodia. And people might be curious to see pictures of how they were living,” photographer Anna Spelman said of her exhibit, “Our Diaspora: Jewish Migration to Asia.” Showing at Phnom Penh’s Meta House until April 19, the images explore Jewish identity and community in Cambodia, India and Singapore.

A New Hero

In a politically daring new comic book, “Captain Cambodia,” a cartoonist uses a classic comic-book clash of good versus evil to comment on the country's politics.

Urban Visions

“Open City, Open Mind”—The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery’s second exhibition—seeks to spark discussion about development in Phnom Penh by showcasing imaginative explorations of what the capital could, one day, look like.

Layers of Life

Against the backdrop of Cambodians’ age-old beliefs and Buddhist faith, artist Leang Seckon has over the last 15 years depicted issues ranging from city garbage and land grabbing to the emotional scars left by the conflicts of past decades.

In Fine Form

The slender sculptures stand stoically in a row. But their mute metal forms speak volumes: Both modern and primeval, angular and organic, Thang Sothea’s anthropomorphic creations use the simplest shapes to evoke abstract sophistication.

Magic Kingdom

Keo Joch, a middle-aged fisherman from Kep province, sits in a plastic chair and speaks in a quiet voice, calmly describing in an on-camera interview how the spirit that comes to inhabit his body helps those who seek its healing powers.

A Lost Legacy?

Sitting in his Phnom Penh home surrounded by his writings, Vann Molyvann spoke slowly but poignantly, said film director Christopher Rompre, who began interviewing Cambodia’s most celebrated architect last year.

The Cost of Living

A sightseeing visit to Boeng Kak lake in mid-2008 by Swiss-Australian photographer Nicolas Axelrod turned into a seven-year project documenting forced evictions in Phnom Penh, as well as the city’s evolving landscape.

A Long Haul

Four years ago this month, a remote millennium-old Khmer monument became front-page news in the region as Thai soldiers opened fire on Cambodian troops at the Preah Vihear temple. Since then, tensions around the world-heritage-listed site have eased to the extent that Thailand joined a committee to restore Preah Vihear last December.

New Action Film Brings Bokator to Big Screen

Next weekend sees the release of Khmer-language action movie “Hanuman, Year of the Monkey,” bringing the country’s ancient bokator fighting style to the big screen for the first time in the tale of a young man raised in the countryside by a martial arts master, who returns to Phnom Penh to take brutal revenge on the gangsters that killed his father.


It’s a tale of two cities, though less Dickensian and more like postmodern poetry. The exhibition “Rates of Exchange: Un-Compared” opened last Saturday at the Sa Sa Bassac gallery in Phnom Penh, bringing together six artists from Bangkok and three from the Cambodian capital.

On Images

The Photo Phnom Penh festival is a showcase for some of the best in local and international photography, but its artistic director hopes the festival will also serve a more abstract purpose: helping viewers to decipher images, and to see through the visual trappings they are confronted with on a daily basis.

New Acquisitions

The Institut Francais’ Media Library now has a collection of about 800 photo books, making Phnom Penh the Southeast Asian city with the largest collection of books on photography, according to Christian Caujolle, the artistic director of Photo Phnom Penh.

National Circus School to Showcase Students’ Big-Top Skills

While there are still individual circus artists doing their acts in the provinces and artists trained at the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus school performing in Battambang City and Siem Reap City, opportunities to see a show are rare in Phnom Penh.

Concrete Canvas

Crouched amid rubble, a 16-year-old boy draws a portrait of the late crooner Sinn Sisamouth on a wall. As the portrait of the 1960s music legend takes shape in black and white paint against a bright red and blue backdrop, it joins a series of tableaux—part of a revival of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighborhood.

The Year in Politics

Extinguishing a burgeoning protest movement and again neutering Cambodia’s risk-averse opposition, military police armed with AK-47 assault rifles ushered in 2014 with a savage reminder of the amorality of politics.

Paradise Found

A cheery Slavic staccato drifted across the turquoise sea and was swallowed by the mangroves blanketing this remote Cambodian island.