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Films about virgin trade feature at Meta House

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ILM screenings at Meta House crank into action this week with the screening on Wednesday of two films unveiling Cambodia’s trade in virgins.

Representatives of NGOs involved in dealing with the aftermath of ruined young lives have been invited for a question and answer session after the screenings, which begin at 7pm.

Cambodia: The Virginity Trade and The Girls of Phnom Penh are both movies created by British filmmaker Matthew Watson. They are the compelling and alarming accounts of the lives of girls and women affected by the virginity trade. Many Asian men believe that purchasing sex from a virgin will grant them extra health and luck. Subsequently, there is a huge demand for young Khmer girls.

In the film, intimate interviews are held with the men who buy the virginity of young girls, politicians, aid workers, police, and the victims themselves.

Thursday sees an exhibition called Garment Work opening by American artist Anne Elizabeth Moore focusing on the clothing trade.

Her installation was developed as a project in residence at the Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig, Germany, formerly one of the largest textile mills in the world.

Her 10-hour video distills 34 hours and 36 minutes of labour into a work of durational performance, in which the artist took apart a pair of jeans with her bare hands under the contemporary conditions of the former factory.

The exhibition launch at 6pm is followed at 7:30pm by a premiere of the new ILO/BFC/UNDP documentary From Downturn to Recovery: Cambodia’s Garment Industry in Crisis and Shorts From the Factories.

Friday at Meta House sees a screening of the British film Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll, about the explosive talents and performances of Ian Dury, at 7pm. This is followed by Michael Winterbottom’s film 24-Hour Party People.

Meta House is located at 39 Sothearos Boulevard.

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