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On screen: the legacy of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk

Wednesday, 30
IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA & SIHANOUK’S “SHADOW OVER ANGKOR”
4 PM: The documentary IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA by Slatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge looks at the achievements and struggles of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman elected as President of the African nation of Liberia. 7 PM: In his palmy days the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk edited magazines, directed films, conducted jazz bands, and crooned songs of his own composing. His feature film SHADOW OVER ANGKOR (1969, 110 mins.) uncovers an international plot to topple the Cambodian government. Not long after the release of this film, which pointed out the failure of the U.S. sponsored plot, President Nixon ordered round-the-clock bombing of the country.

FRI 1
CAMBODIA’S FILMIC HISTORY: KING SIHANOUK’S GOLDEN SIXTIES
4PM: THE HEART OF A MOTHER (1965, 80 mins, Khmer, English subs) is directed by the late Yvon Hem. The Cambodian helmer tells the moving story of Chenda. The farmer’s daughter migrates to Phnom Penh, where she struggles hard to raise her daughter. 7PM: No monarch in modern times has embodied the life and fate of his country so completely as H.R.H. Norodom Sihanouk, who was also a journalist, editor, impresario and filmmaker. Filmed in 1969 on Bokor mountain amongst other scenic Cambodian locations, his classic feature ROSE OF BOKOR (1969, 70 mins, Engl. subs) is set amidst the triangle of French and Japanese control and the growing seeds of Khmer independence.

SAT 2
SIHANOUK’S LEGACY: CAMBODIA 1965, “PRINCE & THE PROPHECY”
4PM: Rare footage from the archives of the Royal Palace takes our audience back to CAMBODIA 1965 (50 mins, no dialogues), when the kingdom was considered the “Switzerland of SE Asia. 7PM: Norodom Sihanouk, was a pivotal figure in Cambodian public life for more than six decades. A week after his passing in October 2013, TVK’s Equity Weekly Program examined the late king’s achievements including his campaign for independence and promotion of education, sports and arts (30 mins, Khmer/Engl. subs). Screening is followed by Jim Gerrand’s docu THE PRINCE AND THE PROPHECY (1988, 75mins, English). The Australian filmmaker explores Sihanouk’s charisma and contradictions.

SUN 3
SIHANOUK BEFORE & AFTER THE GENOCIDE: FEATURE, TWO DOCUS
4PM: In his palmy days the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk edited magazines, composed music and directed films. His feature SHADOW OVER ANGKOR (1969, 110 mins.) uncovers an international plot to topple the Cambodian government. 7PM: A sequel to “Prince and the Prophecy”, James Gerrand’s CAMBODIA KAMPUCHEA (1988, 60 mins, English subs) exposes the nightmare of the revolution unleashed by the Khmer Rouge, featuring interviews with Sianouk. 8PM: Tom Fawthrop’s docu DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES: CAMBODIA TEN YEARS AFTER POL POT (25 mins, Engl.), was directed and produced for Channel 4’s Bandung series in 1989. Director Tom Fawthrop will attend the screening (Q&A).

Where: META HOUSE, #37 SOTHEAROS BLVD.
Tel. 010-312333

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