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Films, Music, Art Exhibits: This week at Meta House

“LOLA” by the late German star director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. His brilliant social satire (Gefeatures Oscar-winner Armin Mueller-Stahl and Barbara Sukowa. It plays out as a remake of Sternberg’s “Blue Angel” or an update of Jean Renoir’s “Rules of the Game”… (German, English subtitles)

This is the program for the coming days:
WED, 01/12, 7PM: “CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EM” & “TERROR’S ADVOCATE” (Films)
THU, 02/12, 7PM: “VIRGINITY TRADE” & “GIRLS OF PHNOM PENH” (Films)
FRI, 03/12, 6PM: “TRAVELING MEDICINE SHOW” (Concert & Exhibition)
SAT, 04/12, 7PM: CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT & DOC FILM ABOUT “THE DOORS”
SUN, 05/12, 5PM: GLOBAL ART CHILDREN EXHIBITION & X-MAS OPERA 4 KIDS

More infos below.
All the best, your Meta House Team

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WED, 01/12
HISTORY OF TERROR: “CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EM” & “TERROR’S ADVOCATE”
7PM: Double Bill with two award-winning documentaries. US filmmaker Steven Okazaki has been nominated for four Academy Awards. His film “The Conscience of Nhem En” (2008, 26mins), which was nominated for an Oscar in 2009, focuses on Toul Sleng prison photographer Nhem En and the few survivors. Barbet Schroeder’s stunning documentary TERROR’S ADVOCATE (2007, 135min) is a history of world terrorist movement as told through the story of the enigmatic lawyer Jacques Vergés, who is defending Khieu Samphan at the ongoing KR trial in Phnom Penh. The famous French director takes us down history’s darkest paths in his attempt to illuminate the mystery behind Vergés.

THU, 02/12
THE GENDERCIDE MUST STOP: CAMBODIA’S VIRGINITY TRADE
7PM: “CAMBODIA: THE VIRGINITY TRADE” (2009, 60mins) and “THE GIRLS OF PHNOM PENH” (2009, 52 mins) are new films by UK filmmaker Matthew Watson. They are the compelling and utterly alarming account of the lives of girls and women affected by the virginity trade that exists in Cambodia today. Many Asian men believe that obtaining a virgin girl for sex will grant them extra health and luck. Subsequently, there is a huge demand for young Khmer girls. Intimate and revealing interviews are held with the men who buy the virginity of young girls, politicians, aid workers, police, and the victims themselves. After the screening NGO reps are invited for Q&A.

FRI, 03/12
KINGDOM OF JAZZ: BLUESBERRY JAM’S “TRAVELING MEDICINE SHOW”
From 6PM: Medicine Shows were a popular form of entertainment all throughout America during the 1800’s and the precursor to later traveling circuses, carnivals and vaudeville shows. “Patented” herbal potions were pedalled by unscrupulous salesmen, which gave rise to the infamous “Snake Oil Sellers” who flourished during this era. The purpose of our modern day “Medicine Show” is to bring attention to a fascinating period of Americana, and to promote upbeat songs from the tradition of Folk, Blues, Jazz, and other “Roots” music. Meta House and Kingdom Breweries present live music by “BluesBerry Jam”. A collection of laminated vintage posters is on display in our “Art Café”.

SAT, 04/12
MOZART & MORRISON: TWO MASTERS WHO DIED TOO EARLY
7PM: In the gallery Uy Thach, El Leang and Anton Isselhardt perform the “Vienna Serenade” by legendary Geman composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 –1791). His music is considered as the archetype of Western Classical Music. The admission fee of 5USD includes a drink. 8PM: Free entrance on our rooftop for the screening WHEN YOU ARE STRANGE by award-winning writer-director Tom DiCillo. Narrated by Johnny Depp, the riveting documentary uncovers historic, previously unseen footage of cult rock band “The Doors”. It focuses on lead singer Jim Morrison (1943-1971), from the formation of the band in 1965 to Morrison’s death, after years of alcohol and drug use.

SUN, 05/12
GLOBAL ART CHILDREN EXHIBITION & GERMAN X-MAS OPERA 4 KIDS
5PM: To celebrate its 1st anniversary, Phnom Penh school GLOBAL ART is holding an exhibition of its students art work focusing on their understanding of our world problem – endangered species. Cambodian & foreign children learn about global warming, deforestation, illegal trade during the process and with their innocence and imagination, they create a colorful and honest interpretation of this serious problem. You are invited to the opening night at ART CAFÉ and are welcome to participate in selecting the “People’s Choice” award for best art work. 7PM: Screening of “HAENSEL AND GRETEL”: A “Fairy Tale Opera” for children by Engelbert Humperdinck (English subtitles).

Where: Meta House Phnom Penh
#37, Sothearos Blvd.
Tel. 010 – 312 333

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