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The critically acclaimed feature film Diamond Island, by French-Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou, has been nominated for best picture – with a best male actor nomination for Nuon Sobon – by the organisation Les Trophées Franco

Fri, 20 October 2017

Life with the indigenous communities of Mondulkiri

The Indigenous People's Lodge in the lush highlands of Mondulkiri, one of the Kingdom's most sparsely populated provinces, offers of a taste of traditional life.

Watch our video to find out more.

A poem titled Baek Thleay, meaning ‘to create a leak’ in Khmer, which refers to discussing an open secret. The poem relies on extensive wordplay featuring relatively simple words – a style of poetry that can be considered modern, despite the traditional rhyme structure.
Fri, 20 October 2017

How poet Chamnap Chhun built a following from the shadows, tackling social ills that most dare not discuss

Before arranging a meeting in a Phnom Penh coffeeshop, Chamnap Chhun laid out a list of what to avoid: pictures, mention of age, legal name and hometown.

The poster for the festival, which features events all week.
Fri, 20 October 2017

One ‘horrific’ movie fest to scare them all

Phnom Penh’s first horror film festival – a five-day spree celebrating the spooky, haunted and otherworldly – is underway, with a handful of events throughout the weekend, and three days of short films beginning on Tuesday.

A man hoses down smouldering patches of scorched earth in Battambang province after a fire ripped through a flooded forest.
Fri, 13 October 2017

Smoke on the Water: An ecological disaster along the Tonle Sap

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake has been the lifeblood of millions of people for centuries.

A screenshot from Kingsman: the Golden Circle, which will not be screened in Cambodia after a government ban.
Thu, 12 October 2017

Kingsman banned for portraying temple as hideout for film’s villains

Cinemagoers, be warned: the blockbuster sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle won’t be playing in a theatre near you after all, with government officials yanking the action flick from the Kingdom’s screens over an allegedly negative portrayal of Cambodia deemed unacceptable for local audiences. The light-hearted romp chronicles a fictitious British secret spy organisation that teams up with its American counterpart to find a drug lord’s secret base – which just so happens to be in Cambodia. Once discovered, a showdown between the villainess (Julianne Moore, with Elton John, playing himself, as her hostage) and the titular agents (Colin Firth and Taron Egerton) ensues against the computer-generated backdrop of a temple surrounded by jungle.

A screenshot from Angelina Jolie and Rithy Panh’s First They Killed My Father, which has been nominated as Cambodia’s entry for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Film category. Photo supplied
Mon, 9 October 2017

First They Killed My Father in the running for Oscar nomination

A Cambodian film may have its best chance yet at Oscars recognition, with the country’s submission for Best Foreign Film – Angelina Jolie and Rithy Panh’s First They Killed My Father – accepted for consideration.

The exterior of the Unesco building.
Thu, 28 September 2017

On Heritage Day, see another side of Cambodia’s history

Heritage Day is this Saturday, meaning that for the third time in Cambodia, various historical sites in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap will be welcoming members of the public within their gates.

Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia Dato Sri Hasan Malek (left) hands out meat to Muslims who are celebrating the Qurban festival on Friday.
Mon, 4 September 2017

Muslims give back on Qurban festival

Eight cows stand in the pen of Mok Dach mosque on Chroy Changvar’s Tonle Sap street, ropes looped through their nose and over their necks, and fixed tightly onto the wooden poles around them.