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Q&A: Behind the camera of First They Killed My Father

Angelina Jolie and Rithy Panh at the Bophana Center in July 2015. Photo supplied

English-born Anthony Dod Mantle, the director of photography for the upcoming Angelina Jolie and Rithy Panh-produced First They Killed My Father, has worked on films such as 28 Days Later, Dredd, The Last King of Scotland and Slumdog Millionaire, for which he won an Oscar. Last week, he took a break from a project he’s working on in Russia with Oliver Stone to chat with Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon about his experience working on the Khmer Rouge historical feature, an adaptation of the autobiographical book by Loung Ung.

Few takers for emergency rice loans

A rice farmer in Battambang province during last year’s harvest season.

With the Kingdom’s main rice harvesting season wrapping up, just a fraction of a government emergency loan package that aimed at giving millers the liquidity they needed to purchase rice paddy during
the harvest cycle has been disbursed, leaving the government and private sector divided on why. Kao Thach, chief executive of the Rural Development Bank (RDB), the government-owned bank that was entrusted last September with disbursing $27 million in low-interest loans to millers, said only five loans were issued due to a lack of demand.

Analyst hit with another lawsuit

Political analyst Kim Sok speaks to the press yesterday outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Prime Minister Hun Sen filed a second defamation and incitement complaint against political analyst Kim Sok yesterday, the same day a prosecutor denied the analyst’s request to postpone today’s questioning regarding the first lawsuit. In an interview with Radio Free Asia on Saturday, while discussing the shortcomings of the Cambodian People’s Party, Sok mentioned the July murder of political analyst Kem Ley, which the premier took as an explicit accusation, prompting the first complaint.

Suspect Nelhams back in court for questioning

Toby James Nelhams photographed in the waiting area of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court earlier this week. Lok samret

Toby James Nelhams, the man suspected to be behind the murder of a British national in Pattaya, Thailand, last month was back at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for further questioning yesterday that officials would only say involved “immigration violations”. Thai authorities believe Nelhams ordered South African Abel Caldeira Bonita and fellow Briton Miles Dicken Turner to murder Tony Kenway over a business dispute, according to previous reports in the Bangkok Post.

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Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.