Panel Discusses the Role of Arts in Post-Conflict Healing Process

The discussion also marked the opening of an exhibition, “Four decades since the fall of the Khmer Rouge.”

Phnom Penh – Classical dancer Om Yuvanna was 20 years old when the Khmer Rouge rolled their tanks and armored personnel carriers into Phnom Penh in April 1975.

Like other survivors, Yuvanna saw how the regime used the arts for propaganda, but has since seen how the arts can play an important role in the post-war healing process.

“I also do not want to be reminded of the past but it is important for the younger generation to know,” she said, speaking at a panel discussion at the 2019 Cambodia International Film Festival in Phnom Penh this month.

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