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Celebrating and saving sights and sounds

OCTOBER 27: World AV Day PROGRAMME

10am: Documentary films and recordings of Cambodia’s sound and music heritage
2:30pm: Public address by representatives of UNESCO, Cambodian Cinema Department, Bophana Centre, Amrita Performing Arts and a master of traditional Cambodian music on safeguarding Cambodia’s audio heritage
3:30pm: Interlude of music recordings
4pm: S’aoch people, an endangered and ephemeral heritage by Jean-Michel Filippi
5pm: Concert by musicians from the Cham and Kroeung minorities
5:30pm: A demonstration of traditional musical instruments by Phon Somreth
6:30pm: Traditional Cambodian music concert Bophana Audiovisual Centre, 64 Street 200

Once spoken by indigenous minorities, the S’aoch language is now spoken fluently by only 10 people in Cambodia.
Jean-Michel Fillipi, who studied and recorded the language for preservation, is to hold a conference on the vanishing language tomorrow at the Bophana Centre.

S’aoch is one example of the ephemeral heritage which will be celebrated by the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

Musicians from the Cham and Kroeung minorities will also perform during the day. Fillipi’s work adds to Bophana’s Hanuman database, which holds recordings from sources as diverse as Phnom Penh street singers to Nixon’s phone calls about America’s bombing of Indochina.

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