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French-Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou’s feature Diamond Island has won the SACD prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week sidebar.

Diamond Island actors Cheanick Nov, Sobon Nuon and Madeza Chhem, artistic director Kanitha Tith and filmmaker Davy Chou attend the film’s premiere in Cannes, France, on Friday. Photo supplied
Mon, 16 May 2016

Cambodian pride was on display in Cannes

Hearing Rithy Panh talk about his nerves before the screening of his latest film at the Cannes Film Festival in France, it’s hard to believe how frequently his work has been shown on the Croisette.

In his exhibition, I Want to Get Married, opening tonight at Java, Battambang artist Srey Bandaul recreates famous paintings such as Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory using Cambodian settings and features. Photo supplied
Wed, 11 May 2016

Exhibit explores injustice in Kingdom

Renowned Battambang artist Srey Bandaul’s newest exhibition – opening tonight at Java Café and Gallery – parodies familiar European works of art in a critique of Cambodia’s past and present, and extends the conversation in performan

The proprietor of expat institution Sharky Bar, Michael ‘Big Mike’ Hsu, died on Sunday.
Tue, 10 May 2016

Cambodia loses an institution

Michael “Big Mike” Hsu, the longtime owner of Sharky Bar on Phnom Penh’s Street 130, died suddenly at his workplace on Sunday. He was 68. Hsu was found in his office. Friends believe he suffered a heart attack although an official cause of death has not been determined.

King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother show their appreciation during the concert, which included compositions by the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk. US Embassy
Tue, 10 May 2016

A recreated concert fit for King and Queen Mother

On May 9, 1956, in a display of bi-national friendship, a band from the United States Air Force played a concert on the front lawn of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh to an audience of the royal family and thousands of Cambodians.

Buntha, a Kampong Cham woman, lives in China after a marriage was brokered with a single Chinese man with whom she now has a son. Yan Cong
Tue, 3 May 2016

A glimpse of China’s migrant marriages

A travelling photo exhibition opening today in Phnom Penh focuses on the life of a Cambodian bride in China, featuring images taken over the course of nearly two years by Chinese documentary photographer Yan Cong.

In Davy Chou’s upcoming feature Diamond Island, actor Noun Sobon (left) plays Bora, a village boy who gets work in construction on Koh Pich, while actress Khim Samnang is a middle-class girl and the object of Bora’s affections. Photo supplied
Tue, 19 April 2016

Davy Chou's Diamond Island to screen at Cannes

French-Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou’s upcoming feature film Diamond Island is set to be screened at France’s prestigious Cannes film festival in May this year.

Cambodian music, poetry, film and literature lovers are in mourning for the loss of Kong Bunchhoeun, who died yesterday aged 76. Photo supplied
Mon, 18 April 2016

Beloved writer Kong Bunchhoeun dies

Prolific Cambodian songwriter, poet, filmmaker and author Kong Bunchhoeun passed away yesterday in Norway at the age of 76. His death was announced by his family on Facebook.

This week’s Reek Sai Khmer Cultural Art Exhibition will include performances of Cambodia’s mythic epic The Reamker. Photo supplied
Fri, 25 March 2016

Young Cambodian artists get time in spotlight

Young Cambodian artists will be displaying their creative talents during the fourth annual Reek Sai Khmer Cultural Art Exhibition at the Chaktomuk Conference Hall this weekend.

Young Italian-educated illustrator and artist Phal Ranon is exhibiting some of his work tonight at the Mito Hotel.
Mon, 21 March 2016

Battambang artist gives a one-day exhibition

Young Italian-educated illustrator and artist Phal Ranon’s work will be on display for the first time in Phnom Penh for one night only at the Mito Hotel tonight.