Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Banned Chut Wutty film screened in capital

Banned Chut Wutty film screened in capital

People watch a screening of I Am Chut Wutty at Phnom Penh Solidarity House last night.
People watch a screening of I Am Chut Wutty at Phnom Penh Solidarity House last night. Lay Samean

Banned Chut Wutty film screened in capital

Despite a government ban, a documentary about Chut Wutty was screened at several locations around Phnom Penh yesterday to mark the fourth anniversary of the environmentalist’s murder – but not without some interference.

The Ministry of Culture last week ordered the managers of the Meta House Café not to show the film on the grounds that the film had not been submitted for approval.

However, in the city’s Sen Sok district yesterday, Solidarity House, home to a group of NGOs, hosted a Khmer-language screening attended by director Fran Lambrick and Cheuy Oddom Reaksmey, Chut Wutty’s son.

The event had been advertised on the film’s official Facebook page.

District authorities had visited earlier in the day to enquire about the screening of I Am Chut Wutty, according to Sor Mory, president of the Cambodia Youth Network, which helped to organise the event.

Thirty minutes into the film, the police returned. Sak Chan Kannarith, the deputy district chief, demanded an end to the film, citing a lack of permission, but Mory negotiated to allow the film to finish.

Mory said he had been summoned to the police station today because he had not obtained permission from the local authorities nor the Ministry of Culture to screen the film. But he maintained the event was legal.

“They had no right to shut us down – this is a private place.”

The film was also screened yesterday by the Flicks movie house at an undisclosed location and the NGO CCHR at its offices for staff only and made available online to watch free.

Lambrick said the ministry’s ban had only furthered the film’s message. “I think it’s made it more powerful,” she said. “So many people have seen it because of the ban.”

MOST VIEWED

  • PM: All 10 Asean countries to receive Rainsy arrest warrants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states will receive warrants for the arrest of Sam Rainsy. The warrants have already been sent to Laos and Thailand. He was speaking at a joint press conference at

  • Human rights report biased, says Cambodia

    Cambodia has accused the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday of having “undermined the principle of objectivity”. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN said the Office of the

  • Kingdom okays 2,400MW power purchase from Laos

    A cabinet meeting on Wednesday decided that the government will purchase 2,400MW of electricity from Laos. A briefing document uploaded by government spokesman Phay Siphan to his Facebook page confirmed this. It said Cambodia will buy exclusive power from two coal-fired power plants in Laos –

  • CNRP activists arrested for ‘plotting insecurity’

    Three activists for the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court after they were arrested for their alleged involvement in an overseas-organised plot to mobilise demonstrations and cause insecurity. National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said the