Old Ghosts, New Dreams: The Emerging Cambodian Cinema Apr 19 – Apr 25

Old Ghosts, New Dreams: The Emerging Cambodian Cinema
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In conjunction with the citywide Season of Cambodia arts festival, the great documentarian Rithy Panh presents a fascinating survey of new and recent films from Cambodia.

Season of Cambodia, a special initiative of Cambodian Living Arts in partnership with Cambodia’s leading arts organizations and New York’s most vibrant cultural and academic institutions, will bring more than 125 performing and visual artists to New York City’s stages, screens, galleries and public spaces, creating a broad and dynamic platform for Cambodia’s cultural treasures to be shared with an international audience. Season of Cambodia will be a celebration of the living arts—of the people and practices that make up our cultural fabric.

We regret to inform you that honored festival guest, renowned Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh, who was scheduled to arrive today to participate in events surrounding the film series at Film Society of Lincoln Center this weekend, has been ordered by doctors to remain at his home in Paris to recover from a recent illness.  Mr. Panh sends his deepest regrets and will prepare remarks to be read on his behalf at this Friday’s opening of the film series, marked by a screening of Kalyanee Mam’s Sundance-honored A River Changes Course, which Mr. Panh was set to introduce.  We here at Season of Cambodia wish Rithy a speedy recovery and look forward to viewing his films and those he curated with Robert Koehler of the Film Society of Lincoln Center for Old Ghosts, New Dreams: The Emerging Cambodian Cinema.

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Dancing Across Borders

Dancing Across Borders

Anne Bass | 2011 | 88 mins

Filmmaker Anne Bass in person for intro Q&A!

From the serene countryside of Cambodia to the halls of New York’s School of American Ballet, Dancing Across Borders peeks behind the scenes into the world of dance and chronicles the triumphant story of a boy who was discovered, and who only much later discovered all that he had in himself.

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Saturday, April 20

9:30pm
Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell

Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell

Rithy Panh | 2012 | 110 mins

Rithy Panh records the unadorned words of Duch, the first leader of the Khmer Rouge organization to be brought before an international criminal justice court, without any trimmings, in the isolation of a face-to-face encounter.

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Sunday, April 21

8:45pm

Wednesday, April 24

9:30pm

Five Lives

Sopheak Sao | Sarin Chhoun | Lida Chan | Lida Chan | Kavich Neang | 2010 | 93 mins

Five young Cambodian directors follow five lives in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. The films were produced during a documentary workshop led by acclaimed director Rithy Panh.

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Tuesday, April 23

7:30pm
Golden Slumbers

Golden Slumbers

Davy Chou | 2011 | 96 mins

Intro Q&A with sound engineer Maya Jade!

Davy Chou’s moving investigation of Cambodia’s lost cinematic heritage is an oral history with first-hand accounts of the emergence and flourishing of that country’s cinema in the 60s by directors, actors and cinephiles.

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Thursday, April 25

7:30pm
The Land of the Wandering Souls

The Land of the Wandering Souls

Rithy Panh | 1999 | 143 mins

A group of workers laying a high-tech fiber optic cable that will link Cambodia to the rest of Asia and Europe encounter painful remnants of the past and labor to bring Cambodia into the modern age.

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Saturday, April 20

7:00pm

The Last Refuge

Anne-Laure Porée | Guillaume Soun | 2013 | 55 mins

The Last Refuge follows the resistance of the Bunong people of eastern Cambodia as they confront alienation and annihilation by foreign companies who steal their lands and clear their sacred forests and cemeteries in order to cultivate rubber plants.

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Tuesday, April 23

9:30pm
Red Wedding

Red Wedding

Noces Rouges | Lida Chan | Guillaume Soun | 2012 | 58 mins

Sochan Pen kept the secret of her rape by a Khmer Rouge soldier she was forced to marry for four decades. By bringing her complaint to a UN-sanctioned tribunal, she speaks up for the 4000+ women who shared her fate.

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Monday, April 22

7:30pm
A River Changes Course

A River Changes Course

Kalyanee Mam | 2012 | 83 mins

Director Kalyanee Mam introduction and Q&A at April 19 screening! 

A River Changes Course is a cinematically spectacular and sensory journey into the lives of three young Cambodians and their families and an immersion into a world both distinctive and familiar.

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Friday, April 19

7:15pm
S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine

S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine

Rithy Panh | 2002 | 101 mins

In S21, Rithy Panh brings two survivors and former members of the Khmer Rouge back to the notorious Tuol Sleng prison (code-named "S21"), now a genocide museum.

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Sunday, April 21

6:00pm

Wednesday, April 24

7:00pm
Where I Go

Where I Go

Neang Kavich | 2012 | 55 mins

Director Neang Kavich in person for Intro Q&A!

A young boy of mixed Cambodian-Cameroonian descent living in an orphanage in Phnom Penh is inspired to learn about his own identity by the discrimination he faces on a daily basis.

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Monday, April 22

9:00pm

Cambodian Shorts Program

Yann Cantais | Caylee So | Ellen Bruno | Sopheak Sao | | 83 mins

Directors Yann Cantais (Granddaughters of the Water) and Caylee So (Paulina) in person for intro Q&A! 

A program comprising four short films: The Granddaughters of Water (Yann Cantais, France, 2012, 12m); Paulina (Caylee So, USA, 2012, 30m); Samsara (Ellen Bruno, USA, 1989, 29m); Two Girls Against the Rain (Sopheak Sao, Cambodia, 2013, 11m).

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Sunday, April 21

4:00pm
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